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Excellent Results - Day 3 on Blog Challenge

Monday, March 04, 2013

Just reporting that I've had excellent results - going back to a more healthy diet for me - find it is so easy to follow with no cravings that I used to get.

The mystery is what was I doing wrong FOR ME before? Was it eating the night shade veggies, not getting enough Omega 3 (the Krill sofgels are super and keep me out of pain - I swear!). Time will tell.

I'm even sleeping better.

Yahoo!

  
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HAVEFUN2LOSE 3/5/2013 5:55AM

    Helen, so pleased it is coming together for you, makes all the hard work worthwhile emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/4/2013 7:04PM

    super

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LYNMEINDERS 3/4/2013 4:56PM

    Woohoo...go you...thats awesome...

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CLAIRESML 3/4/2013 3:16PM

    emoticon glad you are doing so well!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/4/2013 2:57PM

    Glad to hear it is working for you! I too wondered about the Krill soft gel tablets and what kind of pain they are helping.I had a close encounter with a truck , the truck won, I deal with constant pain but refuse to take recorded medications (vicodin,morphine,etc.) as they kill brain cells and I need to keep what I have !

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GLOMER 3/4/2013 12:49PM

    Good news for you. Happy to know it's working and you are getting relief from pain. Pain makes it so hard to keep to it.
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KANDOLAKER 3/4/2013 12:38PM

    Yahoo - love reading about successes! Congrats and I know you 'll have many more great ones to share. All the best!

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GOULDSGRANITE 3/4/2013 12:12PM

    So great that your changing are already paying off!! Woo Hoo!It is crazy what we don't know about our own bodies for so long, eh? I just learned that eating raw broccoli and cauliflower is detrimental to my thyroid operation?!? I quit eating them raw about 6 weeks ago when I heard about it and did a little research on line. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/4/2013 9:58AM

    Sounds really wonderful!

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MINIMOE1 3/4/2013 9:52AM

    Sounds like you're finding the winning combination. What are Krill sofgels - sounds nautical.
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POLYANNA2 3/4/2013 9:49AM

    That is awesome news, Helen!!! It takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what makes your unique body tick, but when you do - WOW!
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How Will I Incorporate My New Habit?

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Did I say I had a new habit? Maybe it's eating my Ancient Grains bread when I feel I really need it - otherwise sticking to my Perfect Health diet, which of course is a modified low carb diet for life! Get that last part? FOR LIFE!

Now that I know my condition of Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis, I can follow what is recommended by the experts - one in particular on Dr. Oz's show last week:

Remove or avoid all gluten (good-bye my Ancient Grains bread!)
No dairy (but I think yogurt is okay)
No refined or processed foods
No alcohol (not a problem - rarely drink anyway)
No night shades (tomatoes/chilli, peppers - eegad - I've been eating those nearly every day)
No NSaid drugs or antacids (not a problem)
No anti-oxidants

Have to replace those with good bacteria, fermented foods and probiotics.

You repair the lining of your intestines with:

Omega-3 flax seed, salmon, nuts and another thing I can't decipher my handwriting, looks like jutamine?

Sooo, what I have done is run out and bought some Krill oil (I use softgel) that Dr. Oz recommends and almost instantly I felt a change!!! I've never had such an immediate response from anything in my life that I've eaten. Wow! No wonder he raves about it.

Will that "new habit" of mine stay or will I throw it out the window ? Let's see how today goes first. One step at a time..... I know my fellow low-carbers here on Spark are saying "Get rid of it NOW!" emoticon (for those who didn't read yesterday's blog, that's the bread I am so addicted to)

Please add any further info. you have.

Ciao

P.S. Would you believe an ad for Krill oil appeared on the top of my page?

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/5/2013 11:20AM

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HAVEFUN2LOSE 3/4/2013 3:31AM

    Thanks for some of that info on repairing the lining, I have IBS, so I may try some of that, although we do eat salmon twice a week.
Never heard of Krill oil, but I tried cod liver oil capsules and it made my IBS worse so will give that a miss.
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LYNMEINDERS 3/4/2013 2:24AM

    Brilliant blog....is the Krill oil in capsule form????

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MARYANNSQUEST 3/3/2013 10:50PM

    Love the Blog Helen!

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 3/3/2013 9:58PM

    Wow!! I am impressed with your plans. I look forward to following your progress and hearing what is working for you. I hope you continue to find great success and improved health!

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MARIANNMC 3/3/2013 9:36PM

    A big diet change is a big challenge -- but it sounds like you're up for it. YAY! I think it's great that you are taking responsibility for your own health and wellness. Keep up the good work.

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FUTUREHOPE49 3/3/2013 5:56PM

    Good luck with the new diet Helen! I hope it all works for you.


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1EMMA2011 3/3/2013 5:30PM

    Hi Helen!! the Krill oil sounds so interesting! I will check it out at the Health Food store!! So happy that Dr. Oz is so awesome!!!

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PATRICIAAK 3/3/2013 5:09PM

    A day at a time and your new habit will stick.

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CLAIRESML 3/3/2013 2:49PM

    SOunds like you know exactly what you want to do. Good luck! oh, pretty wallpaper

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KANDOLAKER 3/3/2013 2:19PM

    Great plans! Glad you are getting such quick results. On the dairy, have you tried almond milk? It is lower in calories than milk, and taste great. I've been using it for about a year and love it. Best wishes to you!

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FLAME42 3/3/2013 1:57PM

    Keep investigating and doing what is best for YOU!

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GOULDSGRANITE 3/3/2013 1:37PM

    Very positive direction you have chosen. Seems like all this info is lining up just at the right time for you. What a blessing! I will research the Krill oil. Thank you. emoticon emoticon WISHES!

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TUTUNAN 3/3/2013 1:30PM

    A really good blog, Helen. I hope this works for you. I didn't see the show, but I think Dr Oz is great.
Go for it girl!

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ESILBO 3/3/2013 12:50PM

    GREAT BLOG HELEN. I LEARNED SOMETHING NEW ABOUT OIL, I LOOKED IT UP. THANK YOU AND I BELIEVE YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH YOUR NEW HABITS.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/3/2013 12:25PM

    I love blogs where I learn something new and this was a real treat for me. I can benefit from it! Thanks a lot for the great info.

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POLYANNA2 3/3/2013 11:40AM

    I have absolutely nothing to add here, Helen, except that I am a great believer in what Dr. Oz has to say. So one step at a time, as you say. I'm looking forward to hearing how you do on this new habit. I hope it makes you feel spectacular.
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THUNDERCAT 3/3/2013 11:03AM

    Interesting blog. Thanks for sharing and good luck with forming your new habits.


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Room For Improvement!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

I have lots of room for improvement here! Since I have to blog every day, maybe I should tackle this one first.

How do I intend to improve?

I've got the water down, so now I think I will watch my portions. I'm okay with everything but the protein and bread. I added back bread for fiber. I love the Ancient Grains - can't you tell? lol

If I know there is something I can't live without, I'm not going to fight it any longer.

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PATRICIAAK 3/3/2013 6:14PM

    I prefer smaller portions to eliminating

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FUTUREHOPE49 3/3/2013 8:56AM

    Cutting down instead of giving it up is a good idea! I am giving it a go!
I love ancient grains too! Do you like Spelt? They grew it here long ago!

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HAVEFUN2LOSE 3/3/2013 4:42AM

    I am last to get here, you posted after I turned off the computer...lol

Great idea to have what you love and just watch the portion sizes. Nothing worse than cutting something out to make you crave it night and day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/3/2013 3:24AM

    Bread is my downfall...totally....
you can do this....go you

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/3/2013 3:19AM

    Good for you. I love bread as well, and also have to watch my portions. emoticon

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1EMMA2011 3/2/2013 7:12PM

    Great job Helen! If there is something I can't live without, I don't fight it anymore either. Also, great job on your water!!

We can do this thing!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/2/2013 2:55PM

    I agree that portion control is extremely important. Good luck!

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POLYANNA2 3/2/2013 1:40PM

    Helen, I know all about the bread dilemma, the rice dilemma and worst of all the pasta dilemma, so many dilemmas. Balance, portion control, that's where it's at. You're right to not deny yourself completely or you'll just end up binging. You'll find the right balance for you and find good health in the process.
I have every faith in you that you will do it, and I'm cheering you on!!!
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GRANDMACOO 3/2/2013 12:38PM

    I teach the "plate method" to my patients.....1/2 fruits and veggies, 1/4 grains, 1/4 protein. I know calories in must be less than calories out, but if I overeat fruits and veggies, I don't feel like I've "cheated" too badly.

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ESILBO 3/2/2013 11:45AM

    emoticon GOOD ONE HELEN. IT WOULD BE A GOOD ONE FOR ME TOO. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
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MINIMOE1 3/2/2013 11:42AM

    Good to see you blogging again. I miss your insights. Those pesky portions tend to grow over time if not measured/weighed occasionally if not every day. You just can't take anything for granted it seems. Bread has always been my "red light" food - carb=comfort don'cha know!
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"Everything I Desire Is Within Me" - Centering Thought for the Day

Saturday, November 10, 2012

That is Deepak Chopra's meditation for today. . .

and here is the rest of what he has to say that I find so important because we have a tendency, or I do, to compare how we are doing weightwise with others on Spark. This will free you!

"Today we will consider what success is and where it is found. It's common sometimes to measure our success or fulfillment by comparing ourselves to others. This is called object-referral, looking outside for validation.

"It is also common to overlook the opportunities for success that exist in our setbacks or failures.

"Through meditation we learn that everything we want, need and desire is already within us and that the seeds of success are within every perceived setback. Self-referral, looking within, is where true fulfillment resides."

  
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RDGISME 11/11/2012 7:22PM

    Some great thoughts to keep with me everyday, not just today! I need to work on not comparing myself...

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2012 7:07PM

    This was a welcome treasure today. I love Deepak Chopra. He is so wise.

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1EMMA2011 11/11/2012 4:14PM

    Keep this coming! Love it!! Great stuff. Thank you for your positive attitude and reminder to avoid comparisons... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JERZGURL_NAN 11/10/2012 10:02PM

    EmPOWERing - thank you

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/10/2012 9:50PM

    That is so true, and most of the world is guilty of comparing ourselves to others. Thanks for the reminder!

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PATRICIAAK 11/10/2012 8:08PM

    Super

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MINIMOE1 11/10/2012 7:34PM

    That Deepak Chopra is one smart guy!

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GOODGETNBETR 11/10/2012 3:24PM

    Great wisdom. Love listening to his audio books. emoticon

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ESILBO 11/10/2012 3:12PM

    I HAVE TO WORK ON THAT emoticon emoticon LISE

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GRANNYSUE9 11/10/2012 2:55PM

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/10/2012 2:29PM

    AMEN

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FLAME42 11/10/2012 12:45PM

    As we do come to understand, no one can do this journey for us! Each of us has to make the journey in our own way and time.
Have a personally successful day!

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POLYANNA2 11/10/2012 11:38AM

    Words to live by! Thanks, Helen. emoticon

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IDLETYME 11/10/2012 10:15AM

    That's great! We all need to remember what he said!! emoticon
Thanks for sharing!


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LIVELONG58 11/10/2012 9:18AM

    All good thoughts to take with me today...thank you....love your pink roses! emoticon

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Better Yet, WHO motivates YOU???

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I just wrote a blog the other day asking What Motivates You. But, since we are all here on Spark, a better question might be. . . WHO motivates you???

And WHY???

I'm a self-starter myself. Oh someone might "light the fire" but in the end, it is how I respond and keep it up that matters.

I learned a long time ago that no one can do the work for you. So the sooner you get down to it, the better. You don't have to take leaps and bounds - just one step at a time. And consistency counts!

And that's how I lost and kept off over 20 lbs. with Spark since I originally started in 2007.

What happened between then and now? I was under a lot of stress and it wasn't until my husband died last year that I gave myself the full attention I needed. I immediately started seeing a chiropractor because of many back problems.

Right now I eat a modified Low Carb diet

I do special exercises that the chiro. gave me along with some Leslie Sansome tapes.

In spite of being a loner, I do love to hear from other Sparkers. Maybe we can keep each other Inspired - and reach our goals !

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IDLETYME 10/26/2012 11:25AM

    You are a great motivator for us. We're all in this together and - I'm always here for you!!! Hugs, Nancy emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/24/2012 10:22PM

    I agree with you. My Hubby can give me support and encouragement, but it is up to me if I get out the door and make my day productive. Great blog. For sure, we can encourage each other to keep going!! emoticon

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POLYANNA2 9/25/2012 4:40PM

    Helen, over the years I have learned to become my own motivator. Every time a friend would approach me with a plan to be a workout buddy and then couldn't make the appointed time, (which always happened) I would become de-motivated. I now do my own thing and if someone would like to join me that day, the more the merrier, but I don't depend on them.
My Spark Friends keep me motivated with challenges and recognition for jobs well done, and, of course, the act of contributing to others is motivating, but I know I'm the only one who can really get this done.
There's whole bunches of us loners out here, but we have come together and we are going to motivate ourselves all the way to goal - woo hoo!!!
If you ever find yourself in need of a motivational kick, please come to your old friend Carol - I'm always ready, willing and able to administer them...lol
Great blog, Helen - got me thinking.
Hugs....Carol

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777ARTEMIS777 9/25/2012 12:10PM

    I am motivated by my daughters. All three of them are so full of life and always ready to go. I DO NOT want them to get in a rut like me, which they will if they see how I live life. I am willing in spirit, my body needs a kick start. :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/24/2012 9:02PM

    I'm motivated by my MIL's best friend who is 87 and has the body of a 25 year old and looks half her age. She is smart and funny and fun and healthy.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/24/2012 5:50PM

    I'll try to keep in touch, more !
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JEANSHEP2 9/23/2012 3:02PM

    My friend, this is a true blog. I am a self starter and although I welcome direction sometimes with the formats of some of our challenges, I do stay much to myself.

I love my Spark friends and it gives me incentive to go forward as I don't have the outlet for other friends.

Great thoughts, Helen, glad you are my friend.

Jean

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1EMMA2011 9/23/2012 2:56PM

    Hi, I'm a loner too. We all just keep trying together. I am sorry about the loss of your husband. It's good that you are seeing someone for your back. So great to read your blog - always inspirational and right on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CORKYTHEMOM1 9/23/2012 1:13PM

    emoticon emoticon Helen, thank you for another GREAT blog! Though, we have learned to be our own motivators, it's knowing that we are NEVER alone in this wonderful journey of ours. TOGETHER, We CAN and WILL turn each goal into extraordinary results! You, Helen, are an INSPIRATION to me! WOOHOO!!


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SHOES17 9/23/2012 12:45PM

    That is so true. I was thinking about that the other day. I have been frustrated at the gym because my favorite trainer has been gone. However, I finally decided if I was going to move forward I had to do it for myself. I went to one of the other trainers and asked for help. He was more than glad to help. However, I had to initiate the change and push forward. Sometimes you have to be the one to initiate the change. Example coming to Sparks. Once you start others can really help you a long the way. Good Luck on your journey!

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PERSISTANT123 9/23/2012 11:36AM

    emoticon I agree that we all have to be our primary motivator, I also get inspiration from my SparkFriends ... especially when I've done something without thinking. Then I lean on them to get back into the game!
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COCHESE321 9/23/2012 11:25AM

    My daughter motivates me. She doesn't try to. She doesn't know she does it. But she is amazing.

I am a loner, myself. I prefer walking alone, hanging out in my own space, working out at the gym by myself. I like to read and do other things that are not exactly group endeavors. But my daughter has lost over 80 lbs on the same program I am now following, and we share this experience like we never did Weight Watchers.

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SWEDE_SU 9/23/2012 10:48AM

    i think the dedication has to come from within ourselves, but the team feeling, that emoticon together, makes a big difference! emoticon emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 9/23/2012 9:54AM

    You do have to be our own motivator. This is not something anyone else can do for you. Others can support and help, but they can not make you not eat something or make you get up and exercise.

There are many sparkies that help me, but at the end of the day it is up to me to follow through.

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ESILBO 9/23/2012 9:45AM

    OF COURSE HELEN, WE ARE IN IT ALL TOGETHER.
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