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My Permission Slip to Cheat!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

For about 1 1/2 years I have been Sparking my way to a changed LIfe. Patterns of binge, unhealthy & Bing eating with enough excuses to fill a Dump Truck!

Initially, Spark was Greek to me. Eventually, I wrote to people asking "Say, how do you do that? The help was beyond wonderful; there was knowledge, support and HELP. Not just that, the amazing caring that goes on. Spark is filled with Love & compassion. Its like getting flowers everyday.

Once I Caught Spark Fever & realized how great it was, I Sparked daily. Sure there were periods were I had no computer, would go to the Library & Spark there.

The last 5 days I was unable to go to the library (except once for a few minutes). Monday was a holiday the library was closed.

Is it okay to say..... I had withdrawals.

Seriously, I went through stages; Panic, Anger, Sadness ... and lastly, well you know

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I have been playing the "food game" long enough. I know how it works. "a moment on the hips, a lifetime on the hips!" When I see that "gourmet lemon tart in the fridge I know what will happen to me if I had more than a small slice.

At first, I had a small slice. The next night, I ate a bigger slice of lemon tart & a sliver of pumpkin pie. Each night I increased the serving sizes. Not just that, I was eating more food. If my Computer had been here, that first night I would have entered that tart into the food tracker, run the report & it would have....

I did go to the Library and blogged about it. But because I did not have a computer to read all of the wonderful tips my Spark Friends left me. Thanks for those tips by the way.

In my last few days without my computer I became increasingly "unwell". Shocker of all shocks, I did not workout either. Working out is one of my favorite things to do.

Seriously, its as though the absence of Spark was my "Permission Slip" to Cheat. Looking back, I should have gone to In and Out!

I wonder if this is how Chris Downie came up with the idea of an I phone application?

Well, I don't have an phone, but it makes alot of sense to me now.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARTY19 10/14/2010 7:09AM

    Loved this blog. Spark is so addictive. I'm going away Saturday and won't have access to a computer. I will probably go nuts. Tracking food is my great incentive not to cheat.


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TRACEYMOMOF3 10/13/2010 6:02PM

    I love your blog! I totally agree!

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/13/2010 11:25AM

    Sounds like you are in desperate need of an iPhone or a new computer!

I really miss Sparking when I'm traveling and unable to get to a computer. I do enter my exercise, etc, but it's not the same as blogging and checking the message boards. I hope that as the mobile app develops and grows, those things are added to it.

Hope you're feeling better today! Onwards and upwards!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/13/2010 12:00AM

    I love the pictures.Like you I need my Spark friends !!!

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HARDSILVER 10/12/2010 9:53PM

    When I don't have access to the tracker, I jot down my food anyway to enter later. Just knowing it's on paper, and that I'm going to have to account for every calorie (now and when I enter them in) helps a lot. Also, besides my blog, I have a separate journal I carry with me. I don't always write in it, and give myself permission to go many, many days without writing in it. But it's there when I need it.

Anyway, I don't know if those ideas help, but WELCOME BACK! We're always here for ya, if not on your computer, then in spirit. emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 10/12/2010 8:50PM

    emoticonback! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/12/2010 8:07PM

    I hope you will continue to be strong and recognize the triggers that draw you away from your program. -- Lou

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JUSTBIRDY 10/12/2010 7:51PM

    I admit I Do get a little anxious when I don't have access to the tracker. It has helped some that I have standardized some of my meals and snacks, but not enough to quit using it. emoticon

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ANDREWS_MOM 10/12/2010 4:28PM

    At least you realized it , know the issue & here you are right back at it! emoticon
We all have rough patches- it's getting right back in the saddle that counts most!
Love your humor and wit!! emoticon
Also love all the pictures/photos you put in your blogs! So cute!
Have a great one my friend!

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GRANPATTIE 10/12/2010 3:51PM

    This was so much fun. I always enjoy your blogs. I have to admit, though, I have found myself, from time to time, wondering what IF I couldn't sign on some day? Would the world keep spinning?

Pattie emoticon

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STAMPINGADDICT 10/12/2010 3:04PM

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MYRNA929 10/12/2010 2:47PM

    I here you loud and clear! Thanks for sharing

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GOCELTICSGO 10/12/2010 2:44PM

    I needed that

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No Computer

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I am computerless for a short while. I will certainly miss your blogs, your good wishes, message board messages and I will definitely miss the food/exercise tracker. One could say I am on a food vacation! just kidding. Seriously, its so weird not tracking my food. I suppose I could just write it down, but wont be like Spark's food tracker. I will check on my friends when I get my Computer back. Have a nice weekend Spark Friends.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/9/2010 10:41PM

    We will miss you! See you as soon as your computer is back!

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LRRSNDRS 10/9/2010 9:44PM

    Write it down and then you can enter it when you get your computer back.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/9/2010 6:38PM

    We'll miss you! Hurry back!

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PASTAFARIAN 10/9/2010 6:09PM

    Writing it down works for me. I stopped using online food trackers after I had enough experience that it rarely provided any additional value. And writing it down is *much* faster than finding the right food through the tracker.

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Thinspiration" & THE FOOD TRACKER

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Today is Thinspiration Thursday & I realize nearly all of my days are filled with thinspirations. Even thought I just read the goal to thinspire 5 people today, I had already thinspired three people. That makes me a Thinspirationalist!

About the food tracker, I do my best to be as honest & accurate as I can be. I know I inadvertently miss things here and there. I base my goals on my progress. I run the report, look at the pie chart and I am taking this seriously. If my carbs are high, I look at that in future meal planning. The food tracker helps me make changes in my meal planning. There would be no benefit to me if I were not diligent in my reporting.

Let's face it if you cheat on the food tracker, then you must do it for a reason. Its your own deal and deep down inside you know the truth. When its all said and done, its your tool to use as you see best. If you need to skew your food tracker results, RIGHT ON!

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    Yes, you are a Thinspirationist! Thanks! Keep it up!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/7/2010 11:14PM

    You are thinspiring!

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LESSOFMOORE 10/7/2010 9:50PM

    You are right! Keep up the good work!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 10/7/2010 6:11PM

    Honesty with self is a very good thing. Anything else is cheating ourselves. We all deserve honesty....hey how 'bout: honesty begins at home? :)

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IUHRYTR 10/7/2010 3:13PM

    I even add condiments the best I can. I agree, we have to be honest with ourselves. -- Lou

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BABSIES 10/7/2010 2:33PM

    keep it up

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Fancy Cooking

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Made some nice elaborate recipes instead of the normal boring stuff. Added a almond crust to my salmon.

I also added some goodies to my brown rice.

That and had some dip with my lunch. DH is so sweet he always loves what I make, even when it sucks. Tonight he was totally in love with dinner, me too.

The result.... Not doing this again for a long time. After I entered it into the food tracker... well now I am mad. That sort of stuff adds up. The funny thing is when we eat out they add all this stuff also.

Normally I poach my salmon with capers or wine or herbs, low calorie stuff. It still tastes good. I just dont think the extra flavor is worth going over on my calories. Just writing this makes me feel better. BEWARE its called "almond crusted salmon".

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LYNNOTT 10/7/2010 10:11PM

    Looks great, I'm sure it tasted great too! Those recipe are great, but like you said, put it in the Nutrition Tracker and yikes!

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HALFANGEL 10/7/2010 12:59PM

    Looks FANTASTIC! Funny cuz I've got salmon thawing out for dinner tonight. I pan fry it in olive oil with garlic and basil. Then add it to whole wheat penne pasta with more garlic, basil, sea salt (not much) and lemon. YUM!!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/7/2010 11:06AM

    Lovely meal you made . . . wow! I'm sure DH was totally in love with both you AND the meal. But yeah, all of those little things do add up in terms of calories. There are tons and tons of great recipes here on SparkPeople that you could try next time you're feeling adventurous.

I'm so envious of people that enjoy cooking. I truly hate it, and find it a major chore. Your DH is very lucky to have you!

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LAURELSPARK 10/7/2010 7:17AM

    It sure looks good..........thate's why I don't cook much.............I'll just eat it. Thank goodness my family is not finicky!!

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LRRSNDRS 10/7/2010 4:32AM

    It sure looks good.

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IUHRYTR 10/7/2010 3:09AM

    High in calories but it sure looks and tastes good, doesn't it? emoticon -- Lou

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"High on Benadryl"

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I got stung by a bee on Sunday, no big deal. I tried some home remedies that did not help. After the thing got huge, I tried topical benadryl. Did not help, so I too oral Benadryl for the first time. Whoa, I think this is what getting high feels like.

I cannot believe I gave this to my kids when they were younger. The good part is the swelling went way way down. My bee sting is doing better since I took it. No itching either. But I felt so confused and dysfunctional I decided to look up Benadryl:

"the drug also has a powerful hypnotic effect, and for this reason is often used as a non-prescription sleep aid and a mild anxiolytic" & "At higher doses the hallucinations are more frequent" Thanks to the pharmacist who suggest I start with a double dosage.

Seriously, this is one powerful drug. I cant even function on this stuff. I could barely log on to Spark and I feel like I am on a cruise ship. I will never understand why anyone would want to feel like this or do this for fun. There has got to be a better way to deal with a bee sting then getting loaded for a couple of days.

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JUSTBIRDY 10/6/2010 11:33PM

    I took a couple of them (time release) when I had a sting on my hand. It was just swelling up too much for me to not want to do anything about it. Really knocked me out, and I slept through alot of it. Better to take it at night if you have to.

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MRE1956 10/6/2010 4:24AM

    Wow - that's NEVER had that kind of effect on me - the worst is a slight (and I mean VERY slight) drowsiness, and nothing that can't be worked through......

I'd definitely look for a different pharmacist, BTW......

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/5/2010 11:18PM

    I suspect you are vey sensitive.I take benadryl for allergies with no adverse effects,mind you the bee sting would have had me using an epipen and still going to hospital for adrenalin as I am seriously allergic to beestings.I hope you are feeling better but I never start anything with a double dose just in case of an allergic reaction and you might want to bear that in mind too !

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BLEIGH711 10/5/2010 9:14PM

    I get allergies and benadryl is one of the only things that helps the symptoms. It usually makes me very sleepy...like dumb tired. But never high like you speak of...Yikes. I did take 2 once and had the opposite effect...I wanted to crawl out of my skin I was so antsy. Its weird how meds affect us all

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SAMI199 10/5/2010 9:11PM

    Isn't it amazing that an over-the counter drug can throw you for such a loop-I;m glad you're feeling more like yourself now.


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/5/2010 8:12PM

    Hi I feel a bit more sober now. I try to do everything the natural way, but this sting got huge, hard, red and very swollen. It scared me into taking the benadryl. Glad I took it because I was worried. Now, its smaller and better & its back to baking soda and toothpaste.

Honestly, I sure dont get the people who enjoy feeling loaded. I did not even exercise yesterday or today because of the medication. Exercise is my feel good drug not benadryl. Thanks for your comments Spark friends.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 10/5/2010 6:19PM

    I've never had that kind of effect with Benedryll on my me. It usually knocks me out. I do give a small dosage to my dogs...vet recommended. I give it to them when they are really itchy and I don't think it effects them funny.

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/5/2010 6:01PM

    Well, if you're really feeling fuzzy and high, then I want to commend you on your most excellent grammar and spelling on this blog post!

I get motion sick (most people grow out of it - I grew INTO it!), so sometimes I take Benadryl. Although it helps with the motion sickness, it also makes me feel gross. I know where you're coming from. I'm glad your sting is better (ouch!) and I hope the high wears off soon!

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GRANPATTIE 10/5/2010 5:27PM

    Yeah, I try to avoid Benedryl. It tends to knock me out. I got a bee sting at the Fair one year. I was there to play in our community band and it was time to start soon. They took me to the clinic they set up there and they made a paste of meat tenderizer and water and put it on it. It took the pain away almost instantly, and no swelling. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 10/5/2010 5:24PM

    I have tried it too. I hope you feel better.

Wendy emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/5/2010 5:17PM

    I tried it in the past and it put me right to sleep then when I woke I felt sort of out of it. -- Lou

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    I did not know that had that type of effct. I have taken it before and felt kind of funny, but noting like that. I think maybe you might be very sesitive to that.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/5/2010 4:08PM

    Wow, I am glad the sting is better. Take care of yourself!

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