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Interesting Theory...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It seems that there is a nutritionist who has a theory that an individual's body processes and digests foods differently, so for example even if you eat a so-called healthy food like broccoli (or insert other healthy food here), your body's chemical reaction to it may cause you to not only NOT LOSE weight, but you may actually GAIN.

I was half listening to the Dr. Oz show the other day (which I don't watch much, I just happened to have it on waiting for the news that was coming on next) when I overheard this nutritionist talking, but I was soon paying attention. I'm not sure if this lady knows what she is talking about, but I figure it's worth checking it out. I forget her name but she wrote a book called The Plan, which is all about the chemical reaction each individual's body has to foods. I think the trick is to find out which foods your body has a bad chemical reaction to, and it may even be a 'healthy food.' It may be other things it affects besides weight, such as hormone levels, insomnia, heart conditions, etc., or just how bad or good we feel each day.

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Changing gears here, I just want to say that I don't really make New Year's resolutions. I usually just set myself up for failure when I do that, and it makes me feel terrible when I don't follow through. Still, someone snapped a pic of me and hubby the other day at a family get-together, and when I looked at it, I could not believe how big I am! Geez, what a reality check.

Since then I have not been on a strict diet, but I have cut down tremendously. Potato chips is a weakness and I haven't had any in three or four days! That isn't to say I won't -- I may eat a few here or there, but I think the mindless munching of junk is in the past! I could just sit and eat chips forever, without even really wanting them. I have to admit, they don't even taste that good and the salt is just way over the top. I really haven't missed them much! When I feel the urge for chips, I usually go peel an apple and have a few slices. The crunch factor is there, and I believe that is one reason I'm so chip-addicted anyway.

Another thing I've been doing is eating a sandwich with only one slice of bread. It's harder to do it that way, but a good way to taste more of the actual sandwich than just all bread. Also, when I feel that ol' sweet tooth coming on, I pop in a (leftover from Christmas) hard candy and suck on it. It lasts a few minutes and by then my chocolate craving is over! If that doesn't work, then 2 or 3 M&M's does the trick without going overboard.

I guess my point is that I'm not going to be successful if I starve myself and don't have any treats at all, so I'm trying to just cut corners. Hoping small changes will equal big results!







  
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JUDITH1654 2/5/2013 8:30PM

    Baby steps!! emoticon

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SHANNYMEDIC 1/20/2013 2:33PM

    Sometimes it's amazing what small changes can do. I love chips too!! They are definitely a weakness. I can't keep them in the house or I'll eat the whole bag. Keep up the good work!

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JAM2DREW 1/12/2013 9:27PM

    Kat, glad to hear that you are making some positive changes. I, too, saw a photo of myself from the holidays and did not like it. Still trying to get myself in gear. Glad you are able to make substitutions like that and feel satisfied. I'm sure these changes will make a difference.

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GRAPEVINE60 1/12/2013 11:48AM

    I haven't touched base with you in such a long time......Good to see you still on here.

I think you are on the right track. If we deny ourselves everything, we end up going overboard with the eating.

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MS.ELENI 1/12/2013 11:39AM

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NISSANGIRL 1/12/2013 8:10AM

    emoticon blog! thanks for sharing this interesting story Kat! I would have loved to catch that show! emoticon on not eating chips for three days as well, that is one of my weakness girl and I try not to have them in the house. I try to snack on grapes which help ward off the munchies. Thanks for posting and good luck! 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 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sweet Treats

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Here it is a week before Christmas, and I have already overdone the holiday eating! We went to a Christmas dinner at church; it was catered but everyone brought a dessert. Needless to say, it was soooo hard to pass up all those homemade sweet treats! I didn't sample everything, but I did sample three different desserts (sample size). emoticon

Of course, later I regretted it and felt guilty. I don't need the calories OR the sugar rush. Do any of you have tips for passing up the goodies? When I don't eat any dessert, it seems to draw attention to me (or maybe that's just my excuse to sample??). This time of year is SO HARD!!

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/23/2013 5:54AM

    There is no need to beat yourself up. At this time of the year, we all have favorites and there is no problem with a little. Just budget it in and work through it.

It is tough to get through a holiday without so-and-so's fudge or someone else's pecan cookies, etc. While something that we need to limit ourselves to, we for years have tied food and memories. Those ties aren't easily broken and should be nourished because while the food may not be the best for us, the memories are sustenance for the soul.

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JUDITH1654 12/27/2012 12:55AM

    Enjoy one or two so you don't feel deprived, just control your portions and you will be fine.

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GRAPEVINE60 12/18/2012 11:46AM

    I don't know what the answer is. Maybe it's that "not fair" thinking that we have when it comes to these types of functions. It's not fair that everyone else can eat dessert and we can't. I know that's the way I feel. The problem is that sometimes it takes a few days to get back on track. I'm one of those people that can't eat a bite or two so I just have to try to push away from the table.



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MS.ELENI 12/18/2012 11:14AM

    This time of year is SO HARD!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLJONES 12/18/2012 9:45AM

    When you are doing something that takes a huge effort, it feels like everyone is watching. They aren't. I walk past the treats. If anyone does ask I tell them a little lie: that I've already had a bunch. They don't know and really don't care.

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NISSANGIRL 12/18/2012 8:10AM

    I have the same problem, everyone has sweets out and it's so hard to say no! try having one or two and then just walk away! that is what I try to do, good luck Kat! 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 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Confession (I've Been A Bad, Bad Girl)

Monday, June 13, 2011

I have been neglecting myself...I had let my prescriptions for my blood pressure and thyroid meds run out, and I confess I haven't been taking them for months!
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One of them is also a fluid pill, and my feet have been swelling so big I can hardly get my shoes on! What in the world is wrong with me? I kept thinking, "I don't have time to go to the doctor; I've got things to do and people to take care of." Well, silly me, if I don't take of me, who will? And what kind of selfish grandma am I, if I think I am too busy to take care of myself, and in the process, cut my years short with my little grandbaby?

I get tired so easily, and no wonder. Not eating healthy foods and not taking prescribed meds makes for a very unhealthy, tired, grouchy, listless person. Well, guess what? I WENT TO THE DOCTOR TODAY! I decided I needed to take care of ME, so that I CAN be here for the ones I love! Granted, I was very disappointed because, according to the doctor's scales, I've gained weight...well, so what? Getting on a good eating regimen and getting back into the exercise game will help me. Hey, I'm not giving up on ME! I've got family I love and I want to be here with them a long time...

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GYMCHICK30 7/23/2012 8:22AM

    Good luck

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MS.ELENI 6/25/2011 10:07PM

    I am glad you saw your doctor.You should never stop taking your meds. emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 6/15/2011 2:45PM

    Glad you went to the doctor kat, your family and friends need you around. We are all here to support each other in any way we can. Have a Great day ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVS2EXERCISE 6/14/2011 8:55AM

    So glad you went Kat! We need you around too....you're a GREAT emoticonAnything you need, just let us know. We will support and motivate you any way we can! Love you! emoticon

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JUDITH1654 6/14/2011 12:51AM

    You definitely CANNOT let your thyroid be neglected.

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LKEITHO 6/13/2011 10:26PM

    Good for you for seeing the need to look after yourself. And don't worry about the weight gain - getting back on your thyroid med and your fluid pill ought to help with some of that!

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GRAPEVINE60 6/13/2011 8:25PM

    I've done the same thing only with my gynecologist appt. It has probably been 4 hrs. since I have gone because it is so hard to get in. It has been on my mind though and I made the appt. earlier today. We all need to take better care of ourselves.

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LADNBA 6/13/2011 6:28PM

    Great attitude! You will succeed.

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Can't Handle Another Summer With Regrets

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Well, I thought I was huge a few months ago, but I've put on weight during the holidays. I absolutely HAVE to get some weight off. I love SP and all the support I get here, but I guess I need to not wait for some big motivating moment (like I have in the past), and like Nike says, JUST DO IT!

I love all the tools on SP; the articles, blogs, friends, food and exercise trackers are awesome. I also like WW's idea of having food on a point system. I thought about joining WW online, but it's pretty expensive. And besides the point system, it has about the same tools as SP.

I am on the verge of being diabetic, so I have looked into following a diet for a full-blown diabetic. I don't like the idea of figuring out food exchanges, though. I'm too lazy I guess! I looked up a sample diabetic breakfast, and it didn't seem too bad. I think it was something like this: a piece of whole wheat toast, a 1/4 cup of egg substitute, 1/2 banana, and a small serving of cottage cheese. I may have it wrong but I think that's what it was. I could live with a breakfast like that!

The big thing for me is that although I am not a total vegetarian, I eat very little meat. I just have never cared for it much; maybe it's just the thoughts of where it came from or maybe it's the texture. For whatever reason, I just don't like it much and almost every diet I've seen has a lot of meat dishes. I do like beans so I think I might could get protein from that and the eggs, although I don't know if the egg substitutes have protein or not.

I've heard of the South Beach diet, but I'm thinking it has a lot of meat in it, although I don't know for sure.

Can anyone give me advise on the best thing to do? Every summer, when everyone else is wearing cute little shorts or Capri's, I think, "See there, if you had only started back in January you could be doing that, too." I don't want to have another summer thinking that.

  
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MICKI2010 1/16/2011 6:55PM

    Kat, I know how you are feeling right now, as I am in your same situation. I have been doing well until about November and now what a slump I feel like I am in. I myself and still trying to figure out w/ the right foods and plan so I can probably offer little advice. We can start something up together and help motivate each other and by summer we will be the ones in the cute capri pants!

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GRAPEVINE60 1/14/2011 9:59AM

    Low carb works better for me. I have done South Beach and it works for me. There is a Phase I which is for 14 days.....no fruits or grains. Then you go on to Phase II where you add in fruits and whold grains. You just do it slowly so you can determine what your body tolerates better. I can eat fruit, but if I eat to many whole grains it stalls the weight loss, but everyone is different.

Good luck with whatever you try to do.

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NISSANGIRL 1/14/2011 9:00AM

    The holidays are very rough on me as well Kat, I also put on a few pounds and the winter blues do not help me and wanting to work out. But I agree with Jen, once you get started it will be easier. I used to be on weight watchers and after Losing 30 plus pounds I found spark . I loved W.W but it got to be too expensive and spark helps you do the same thing without the high price to pay. One thing I am going to do is put a picture of myself at my heaviest on the fridge and that will remind me of what I don't want to go back to. Lets do this Kat! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVS2EXERCISE 1/14/2011 8:45AM

    I know emoticonLike you've said before.....JUST DO IT!!! I know it may seem tough to get started and stick with it, but the one thing I've found out is once I've started, it's so much easier to do and keep doing! Since I've started eating more fruits and veggies, as well as other healthy foods, I've found that I'm not craving or wanting the junk!!
I agree with Ms. Eleni, you will find out what works best for you and will find that it's something you wanna do! For me, I have found that watching my carbs and late night eating has really helped me! If you have questions about the South Beach diet, just ask Barb from the team, as I know she's done it and has had much success!
Whatever you choose to do, I'm here to support you in any way that I can! I know you can do this and you will succeed! I Love You and look forward to a great year together! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MS.ELENI 1/13/2011 3:30PM

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You will have to find what works for you.Counting calories works the best for me. But bottom line is eat less however you do it

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New Spark Team for Preemies and Pregnancy Complications

Monday, December 20, 2010

I have started a new Spark team, and you are welcome to join! This is for grandmas and moms of preemie babies, or pregnancy complications in general. Please join if you need love, support, or just want to talk! You'll find the spark team on my Spark page.

  
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LKEITHO 12/20/2010 9:35PM

    What a great idea! I'm sure you'll be helping a lot of people. My first wife and I went through a catastrophic pregnancy problem back in 1983. I think it was a key factor in our getting divorced. I wish there had been some folks around to talk to back then.

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