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Monday, September 01, 2014


I have to admit the 5K kicked my butt but it sure felt good to cross that finish line! 30 days later 1st 5K completed by me 1st time in my life ever @ 50 years old and 50+ pounds overweight. An EX two pack a day smoker for over 25 years, then shot up to 298 pounds and have shed about 100 lbs. so far. Spent 5 years sitting on my butt behind the steering wheel of a Semi tractor trailer, traveled the entire Continental United States of America up down, in and out (with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii) Then sitting behind a desk for another 10 years did very little for my physical health and it showed as I slowed!

Now I am on my feet everyday (Not going to lie to you my feet hurt, really hurt and so did my body when I had to stand for hours on end) That is when I learned the power of no pain no gain! I have regained strength in my entire body over the last couple years just moving and shaking, pulling and lifting, dancing and singing & smiling. I love life, I love being alive and every day I spend on this earth is a blessing, so many of my friends and family have left this earth some so much younger then I.

Out of respect for myself I take very little for granted and appreciate every sight, sound, smell, every place I am , go or see and every person I meet! I am extremely thankful for each day I am on this earth because I have no idea when it will end. So I am one of those lucky people who have discovered that I have to enjoy the ride of life because when it's over, it's over.

I am now consuming only a plant based way of eating and it has left me with a wonderful appreciation for the natural flavors of food and leaves me full satisfied and craving nothing! All though I have giving up so much meaning, junk food, meats, dairy, sugar, oils, processed etc.... Again I find myself totally happy keeping my eating options plant based because there are so many choices!

My choice is to eat clean and it's been a great, I have even learned how to cook! I have I made a lot of mistakes and created some not so tasty dishes. (Note to self never ever turn on the broiler with parchment paper and a bunch of experimental potatoes, oh yes there was smoke and where there is smoke there was fire) Ashes to ashes dust to dust cleaned off the pan without much fuss! I am able to freeze foods for my convenience but the best part is from the garden to my tummy with no middle man!!

30 days living plant based and loving it! Guess this was the way I was meant to be eating after all. Seems so simple and it is! Just a reflection of where I was to where I am, crazy how I spent so many years destroying my self ? I feel at peace with who I am and where I am headed now thanks to all who have helped along the way!

emoticon Keep on Keeping on!

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SISSIE21 9/25/2014 12:16PM

    Love this blog! Congratulations on your 30 days! and the 100 pounds of course...
Really could relate to your thoughts on appreciating life and that we are here now. Have a great weekend my friend! emoticon

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CATTUTT 9/1/2014 9:09PM

    What a great blog! I'm glad to hear things are going so well for you, that's awesome!

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Chemical Free n' Clean 1st week!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

What a difference a week can make, only a week ago I said no more chemically created crap, switching my lifestyle to simple basic foods, If I can not see what is in it, read the ingredients, understand them or pronounce them I will not consume them! Sounds pretty simple and it was.

First few days were like having the flu but not as bad, had it a little rough due to my over consumption of energy drinks daily! Back to plain delicious black coffee or unsweetened tea, fresh cold ice water, so good. Speaking of delicious my taste buds have already noticed how wonderful a piece of fruit can taste, old fashion oatmeal with cinnamon & raisins can warm the tummy for a long time.

Had 2 cobs of sweet corn sprinkled with nutritional yeast, didn't even think it was possible to eat corn on the cob without butter! Wrong! It is possible and it was YUM! Tofu mixed with brown/wild rice, mushrooms, onions, carrots etc.. was like a tiny orchestra in my mouth and how blessed I am to be to be alive to make this wonderful discovery!

Okay I am not the one who discovered eating whole foods and non processed stuff but it's new to me!! I noticed after a couple days my belly actually started to shrink wasn't near as bloated, neither is my face, hands etc.. I have a increase in my energy, I am not tired feeling in the head. My sinuses are open easy breathing and my mood is totally stable no ups and downs, no super anxious go go go feeling and I slept like a rock! This is after only a week sheesh, by the end of the month I should be able to run that 5K a couple times!! :)

I see no reason for me to go backwards into the chemically created, over processed, high fat, sugary foods! This new whole food journey I am on is looking pretty bright going forward so putting on the shades & keep on keeping on!

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AUNTALICE2 8/19/2014 9:10PM


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MSFROGGIE 8/14/2014 8:55AM

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It is amazing how great we can feel if we cut out the processed stuff.

Thank you for the reminder!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 8/10/2014 10:58AM

    After reading your post, I'm more convinced than ever that I need to ditch the process food. Thank you as you given me hope that it can by done. emoticon

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JKPONYGIRL 8/10/2014 10:17AM

I love how i feel when I am eating that way. I can never figure out why I stop for ANY amount of time

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/10/2014 1:11AM

    Way to go!

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MRSP90X 8/9/2014 2:39PM

    your future so bright, you gotta wear shades! emoticon

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CATTUTT 8/9/2014 12:33PM

    Sounds like you are really kicking butt! That's awesome! I'm so glad to hear the new way of eating is making you feel great.

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WOUBBIE 8/9/2014 12:25PM

    Print this blog and keep it handy when someone tempts you with "just one" of some artificial over-processed junk that used to keep you in thrall to it! Things taste good again! I sleep better! I breathe better! Those are really important things!

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WEARINGTHIN 8/9/2014 12:45AM

    Sounds like a good idea. In the long run, your system will thank you. Glenn

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ARNETTELEE 8/9/2014 12:22AM

  That's just great!

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A Very Successful Binge!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Funny how life is just rolling along, easy going, no stress and without warning a soft warm looking sugar cookie can change the day of a persons life! Me being that person. I saw someone Else's sugar cookie and the crave light went on high beam and all I could do is obsess over of all things on this earth a "SUGAR COOKIE" what the heck is that about??

Wouldn't you know I went on a search for the perfect "SUGAR COOKIE" I bought and ate all kinds of stuff in my search for that perfect sugar cookie. The cream cheese raspberry pastries (2 of them) they were ok but not the cookie! The cheese bread was blah but I didn't stop consuming it! The little debbie peanut nutty bar went down with out much effort! The Mcdonalds hot fudge sunday was smooth and not very tasty. The super sweet Chi tea Latte filled me up but wasn't the "sugar cookie" the 4 lemon cookies that "looked" like sugar cookies went down fast but pretty tasteless.

Adding some Hershey almond kisses to the mix, the ice cream drumstick, a handful of chips, mushroom swiss burger with onion rings then finally the perfect soft thick chewy "SUGAR COOKIE" I had 2 of them and nothing, no taste just a chewy, messy ball of blah! I'm sure I am forgetting a few other things in my binge blackout, after about 4,600 hundred calories and about 500 carbs later the Sugar cookie crave binge was finally over! WoW!

It hit me like a tornado of destruction and spit me out to reap what I had swallowed. So there it is all out in the open for all of you to see!

While reading through my spark friends, blogs, post, comments, etc.. I have decided to flip a switch and start more of the plant based eating, maybe that is why I do well low-carbing for a while then smack! I hit the binge wagon and continue teetering the same 20 lbs.

I have started reading about eating the real foods and I am going to Sugar-free-fall: Meaning no more sugar-free, chemically enhanced, processed foods or chemically created food, I am going back to the basics. Natural outside the isle, clean, fresh, natural ingredients. No more sugar free energy drinks to start off my day, I am going back to cold water and back to plain black coffee.

I began my binge recovery with a lot of water and oatmeal yesterday and today, I added some apple and cinnamon it satisfied my hunger, I was full! I feel a little sleepy but it is a Sunday not running a marathon or anything!

Oh yes I am running kind of a marathon, the 5K GLO-RUN at the end of the month is still on! I have gone from 30 second jog - to jogging a full 30 minutes (no walk breaks) so by the end of the month I should be able to run the full 5K and I am hoping this new healthy way of eating will curb the binge thing, in the future and maybe just maybe I can finally drop below 200lbs itís been a long time coming!


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BOOKLADY36S 9/1/2014 2:05PM

    I can totally relate to this, it happens at the end of each month. PMS triggered binge for me!

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/4/2014 9:54AM

    I have to be careful of the sugar-free things, as well. I have a diet coke once in a while, but I can't drink that, or crystal light, "skinny" starbucks drinks, etc. everyday, or I end up chasing sugar all day. I know you'll feel oodles better eating more naturally, I sure do!

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CATTUTT 8/3/2014 9:06PM

    I've had those kinds of binges too, and it always feels so gross. I think your new eating plan might help you a lot. And CONGRATS on jogging 30 minutes, that's awesome!

Good luck with everything!

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KANOE10 8/3/2014 5:40PM

    Staying away from sugar foods helped my stop bingeing. I think your eating plan is a good one. You can do it!


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WOUBBIE 8/3/2014 4:50PM


A sugar binge is the food equivalent of chasing the dragon:

"Another more metaphorical use of the term "chasing the dragon" refers to the elusive pursuit of the ultimate high in the usage of some particular drug."

Sugar is your drug. I kinda think you know that. Like most drugs you have to quit it at some point. If you go to whole, real, natural, and minimally processed food you will eventually beat those cravings, but you have to commit to it for months before you get the full benefit. I think you already see some of the future, though:

they were ok
not very tasty
pretty tasteless
nothing, no taste just a chewy, messy ball of blah!

Fill yourself with nutrition, including good fat and quality protein. You'll feel so much better!!!

Comment edited on: 8/3/2014 4:50:52 PM

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MJRVIC2000 8/3/2014 4:37PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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CHARITYAK 8/3/2014 4:19PM

    sending you lots of well wishes!

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Life is Short might as well Live!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Well I did it, I just signed up for my 1st 5K run called TheGloRun in Bloomington MN. August 30th. It's in the evening and everyone looks to be in neon & glowing! I have been walking for many, many, miles and figure it is about time to push myself harder and further so committing MY FIRST 5K is a little bit scary but a whole lot of exciting.

I see others here making the leap Newbies and Pros alike (You know who you are) now I can finally say I did it too and all the research I have read says I can be in shape enough to make my 3.1 miles with in 10 weeks starting today!

Today I did 2 minutes jog 1 minute run for 30 minutes that means 20 minutes of jogging and 10 minutes of walking and I kept my breath under control so up it a little daily by week 10.

I can do this! Me? wow seems a little surreal Me!


FYI: The little glow I get everyday on my tracker seem so fitting to enter the GLO run!

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CHERYLE51 6/17/2014 6:05PM

    Way to go! Sounds cute and fun. I would like to walk in a 5k. I don't know about running. Good luck. Keep us posted.

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SNUFFKINS 6/17/2014 1:47PM

  you totally can do this :D I started out like you and with training I got better. Now 5ks are part of my weekly workout routines :D

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WORTHEYMOM 6/17/2014 8:26AM

    you are going to rock it!! I can't wait to do a glo run!!!

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CATTUTT 6/16/2014 9:16PM

    That's so awesome! You're gonna kick that 5K's butt!

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144AUTUMN 6/16/2014 8:31PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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I'm back on Track!

Friday, June 06, 2014

After almost month of slacking without my tracking I am in Sync again and all is right with the world!! I REALLY cannot say how much I love my spark tracker it just makes me push myself a little bit more then I would without it!

My defective one was replaced and a BIG THANK YOU to EVERYONE who advised me to let the company know of the issues I was having, after a few emails I was authorized for the return and received my replacement yesterday! Yee haa back in the races!

Now I have to go finish getting my 10,000 steps completed before midnight!! OK it's sort of a love hate relationship I have with this tracker it's bitter sweet, but is so worth the glow I get when I complete my steps!

Thanks again everyone, May peace be with you! =O)


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