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The green eyed monster

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Boy, have I had a hard time lately! I know I should never compare myself to another. My journey, my way. But, I have found myself lately comparing my activity to another friends. I am more consistent. I don't skip days and then binge the next to make up for it. I should have more activity recorded! I should be at the top of the boards! Sigh.... My friend runs...5ks, half marathons... Quite a few now. And I cheer on every new pic of them finishing and holding their shinny new bling! I haven't been able to even try running since July. I have periformis syndrome and was down for a whole month. I know I'm doing great now. I know my average of 5 miles a day is awesome. I still can't shake my constant checking to see if I beat my buddy today. So, now I have taken to looking at what I have done. How many stairs did I do, steps taken, miles walked... Did I keep to my diet and not let this jealousy be an excuse to cheat and give up on myself? I can only push me to be better and to do what's right for me. So, here's my confession. And for penance, I think I shall write my buddy a message of how I have been pushed by their continued commitment to their health...and how I has helped me tighten up my game.

  
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NYARAMULA 12/19/2013 1:01AM

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JADEDCUP 12/19/2013 12:44AM

    Thanks Onlytemporary. That's why I acknowledged it so I can keep on just as strongly with my 100+ pound weight loss journey.

MerryMary42, that's why I put away my scale for a while. I was getting on it way too many times a day! I think to make my daily walks a bit more fun, I'll stop and take a photo or two of the season changing out here in CA. So, I can, stop and smell the roses so to speak :)

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MERRYMARY42 12/19/2013 12:05AM

    I kow here lately I too want more steps, stairs an miles, I am making it not as much fun as it was

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/18/2013 11:50PM

    You need to read the Spark articles on this and how it impedes your progress. You can only do your best.

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Now with HFCS on the bottom!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I'll admit, I grew up on the stuff. I loved it! What a treat! I still bought it on myiwn. Even bought those gimmicky, limited edition flavors too. EVEN when I started to learn better and went on my weight loss/health journey, they still found their way into my shopping cart. Just now in diet form. Yes, I was a fan of fruit on the bottom yogurts. I really started looking at what I was partaking every day in my supposedly healthy diet. High fructose corn syrup, fructose syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, kosher gelatin... Where's the yogurt! I was sabotaging myself and I wasnt even proactive enough to check if it was truly healthy.
Now I eat real yogurt,Organic milk, organic nonfat milk powder, l.acidophilus, s.thermophilus, l.bulgaricus, l.casei, l.rhamnosus, b.bifidum cultures. If I'm feeling fruity, I add my own fresh. Mangoes, strawberries, cranberries, apples, raspberries, blueberries, they all appear in my yogurt. I feel better. It's not sugar and starch laden. And I control what I'm eating.
Here's to reading labels!

  
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SOSHIV2011 12/18/2013 1:43PM

  I like yogurt too. Mostly eat greek.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/3/2013 12:37AM

    ahhhh yes, HFCS is devil spawn.... evil evil evil

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of course, that's my humble opinion, only. I know the corn producers don't agree with me.

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PRAYINGHANDS35 12/1/2013 12:44PM

    Thank you for sharing this. Now I now that I am going to buy plain greek yogurt and just use the fresh fruit. I love yogurt.

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JADEDCUP 5/16/2012 11:10PM

    It's amazing the new treats and favorites you can come up with on your own. And it's cheaper too!

Raw sugar and flax seeds, yumm! I like to add some raw nuts every now and again too...

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2BEABETTERME 5/16/2012 10:43PM

    I used to think all yogurt was healthy too. Now I only like Fage brand Greek yogurt. It is super thick and decadent. I love to mix it with slightly thawed frozen fruit and a little raw sugar, tastes like rich ice cream. It is amazing what you discover when you read labels!

Have an awesome week!

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SUZBOISANNE 5/16/2012 1:05PM

    Great job... That HFCS is nasty stuff. Sugar is really bad if you take in more than 25 gms per day. Less is best because your body can manufacture it if necessary. I like organic plain yogurt and add fresh blackberries and ground flax seeds. Yumm!!!!

Enjo y your day and keep reading those labels!!!!

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Knowing when to say when

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I worked it last week! Two charity walks, new workout video, extra hours of helping at my daughter's school. I even took an extra walk or two.
Now the new week begins...and it's damp out. I tried to run. My hip had other ideas. Sigh.
Today is my DVD day. Today reaching for something in a cupboard and my hip twinges again. Okay! I get it body! You don't like me pushing you so hard and the damp. Sigh.
So, what I going to do today? I'm going to set aside the DVD and just take an easy walk. I'd rather do the DVD. I just really don't like the idea of being laid up for weeks and missing EVERYTHING.
I think I'll take a book along...maybe I'll stop in for coffee and cut that walk up a bit. No need to over do. :)

  
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JADEDCUP 5/1/2012 12:03PM

    Thanks Criskenandkids. I really want to get out there in all this Spring-ness. I just don't wanna miss Summer too :(
My walk so far feels pretty good. Resting and reading a book now. :)

Glad to hear your patience paid off.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 5/1/2012 10:47AM

    I had that happen recently, too. My hip still twinges but I took myself out of Tae Kwon Do for 2 months to let it heal. Easy walking should help you though. Good luck!

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pssst, i'm making me time!,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Don't tell anyone... I'm hiding out at my local coffee house. I have dishes to do and my daughter's laundry to put away. I also stayed up till 11:30 last night finishing up my daughter's costume for her school play. Today was my weekly hour or two helping in her class. Tomorrow is a choir field trip and the parent performance of said shool play. Friday is the school walkathon. Saturday is a walkathon for March of Dimes.
Ughhhh. Okay, every thing kinda snuck up on me. Yes I did volunter. Life gets busy sometimes. So, that is the reason I'm stealing some me time while I can. Those chores will still be there when I get home. This moment will not. So a bit of quiet me time has been stollen...and I'd do it again. ;)

  
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2BEABETTERME 4/25/2012 5:28PM

    Good for you!

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Balance?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I logged onto FB today and saw a friend reveling in losing 4 lbs. Now I should be jumping up and down congratulating her...but all I felt was uneasy. She was on a juice detox diet. Sigh. Another fad. I know exactly where the weight loss came from, water. Most fads that drop weight quickly do so through water weight.
I have always wondered at the theory of losing weight through an unbalanced diet. How can one find balance through imbalance? Take any of the popular diets, carb cutting, protein only, uncooked, early caveman, etc. They all promote imbalance. Our bodies need balance. Fats help us absorb vitamins, carbs fuel us, proteins make up or muscles, (heart included). Cutting back drastically/out these foods can hurt your health more than help it. And raise your hand if you can go without a whole category of foods forever? I eat breads and cookies, an occasional steak passes my lips, I love fresh fruits, rice is still in my pantry, and my stove gets a healthy workout every evening. Heck, I even eat out! I strive for as much balance as possible. I eat not so good choices, (as Cookie Monster says, sometimes favorite treats), in moderation, now. I look for better choices to swap with my old favorites, gingersnaps for Oreos. And balance works for me...112 lbs lighter and worlds healthier.

  
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2BEABETTERME 3/22/2012 2:20PM

    I completely agree! I believe everything in moderation. This should be a lifestyle change and not a "diet."

Well said!
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JADEDCUP 3/22/2012 1:38PM

    Keep it up ladies! If enough of us can show others that balance is something that works better than any fad, then we can help so many others. Balance is cool, glamorous, fun, healthy! emoticon

You inspire through your commitment to healthy! Go, go, go my fellow Sparkers!

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RADFEN 3/22/2012 1:36PM

    Balance is good in all things.

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CALI_POPPY 3/22/2012 1:19PM

    Well said...I like the simplicity of your blog post. Thank you for making me not feel weird because I'm not full blown Paleo and never will be. I like balance too.

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 3/22/2012 1:16PM

  I cringe too when friends drop lbs on fad diets. Some have jumped off the yoyo diet train and are living more balanced. Some it takes awhile to learn to 'balance'.

Btw - Congrats on your weight loss.

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GOOSIEMOON 3/22/2012 1:16PM

    I SOOOOOO agree with you! I think that balanced, slow and steady is a far healthier approach (and isn't that the real goal - lifelong health and balance?)

Have a great day and congratulations on your balanced life!

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REDSHOES2011 3/22/2012 1:10PM

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