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7 Steps to a Healthful Weight

Thursday, May 03, 2012

From Dr. Weil's daily tips:

We all know the "secret" of successful weight loss: Eat less and exercise more. It's not always easy, but by adopting healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine, you are sure to lose weight without depriving yourself of nourishing, satisfying food. And if you continue those good habits after you reach your goal, you will have an excellent chance of maintaining your desired weight. Here are some tips for successful weight loss:

Avoid artificial sweeteners and synthetic fat substitutes. They are unhealthy and don't help you develop good eating habits.

Dietary supplements or "fat-burning herbs" are usually just stimulants - don't rely on them. The pounds will surely return once you've stopped taking them.

Build lean body mass. Strength training burns excess calories and influences the way your brain regulates hunger, making you less susceptible to food cravings. Try lifting weights that are slightly heavier than you are used to for a rep or two, to challenge your muscles.

Kick up your heels. Dancing is another great way to expend calories - an hour of fast-paced dancing can burn 400-500 calories, plus it's fun!

Pay attention to the mental and spiritual aspects of weight control. Use relaxation exercises, instead of food, to combat anxiety.

Avoid late-night eating. The snack foods we consume when sitting in front of the television or to curb a craving tend to be heavy on processed carbs and inflammatory fats. Plan your dinner at a time that does not leave you hungry before bed, and if you must snack, opt for a piece of fruit or a handful of almonds.

As you lose the weight, don't become too impatient to reach your goal. You may be dissatisfied with your body, but it is beautiful just the same.

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LUVPOETESS 5/26/2012 7:17AM

    Do you mean to tell me that the NO SUGAR ADDED sweet potato pies are worse for me than those with real sugar? Oh my, what will I do ??? ( 'cause I'm surely not giving up the sweet p pie LOL).

Seriously though, do I eat "real" sugar instead?

These are great tips J. You're always on top of the good info. That's only one reason you're one of my favorite Sparkers.

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VETTRANGER 5/9/2012 9:14PM

    I'll have to admit that I've been on diet drinks lately. With the work schedule I've devoted myself too, sadly there are days when I've propped my eyes open with the caffeinne and hung on until the work was done. Luckily that's a short term solution and I know that. I won't be hooked. LOL However, I've done a lot of research in the past on artificial sweeteners and I'm not convinced yet that they are the terrible influence that they're being made out as. Some of the test showing problems remind me of the cyclimate tests of the late 60s-early 70s. The portions fed to test animals are hundreds of times what even a heavy drinker of diet drinks would intake in a day.

I'm not saying they are completely safe, but I haven't been convinced yet by the evidence, and I'm the kind of guy who normally gets it right when evaluating those kinds of studies.

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BRAVERUDE 5/3/2012 10:58AM

    Thanks for the healthy reminders! Why are you up at 3 a.m.?? emoticon

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WRITINGBLUEHAWK 5/3/2012 9:55AM

    These are all so true. My biggest struggle is being patient. Losing weight is like watching paint dry. It just seems like it takes a long time--week in and week out.

I'm so used to instant gratification, so if I behave for a week I expect a reward on the scale in proportion to my effort. As we all know, it doesn't work like that and then it's easy to lose focus. Hopefully, I can continue to follow these tips and find a way to stay consistent in the long run.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/3/2012 5:58AM

    These are great! Love the wellness one and how it ties into our living the good life challenge this week!

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YIWEN39 5/3/2012 4:06AM

    Good advice Jazz ;-)

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BONDMANUS2002 5/3/2012 3:46AM

  good

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The after-affects of sugar...

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

is craving more sugar. During my weekend away, I indulged and indulged in glazed doughnuts. I tracked them, but no matter. Every night now, I am craving something sweet. Last night I ate cookies and ice cream that had been the freezer since last year. I'm hooked again. I had vowed not to give in.....So much for vows.

I had fruit earlier, thinking that would forestall the cravings later. Didn't work.

What now? Just cold turkey sweat-out in the fetal position?

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SONYALATRECE 5/3/2012 12:36PM

    Wow!
This has been happening to me lately.
I blame it on the oncoming TOM, but I have been trying to fight it. emoticon
So far the fruit has helped. I have also been trying healthier alternatives that yield less sugar.
It ain't been easy though... emoticon

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BBONET 5/2/2012 9:26PM

    I guess it happens to all of us at some time! I have been emotionally snacking and I am now trying to get back on track. All you can do is keep tracking and don't loose the faith to keep going!!! emoticon

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YIWEN39 5/2/2012 7:18PM

    Yes, it does go away, tough the 1st few days and then it gets better. Fruit works for me, I hope you'll find something that works for you too.
I know you can absolutely do this, you are one strong and strong willed warrior ;-)
Have a good day :-)

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COLUMBINE2 5/2/2012 2:02PM

    Yeah....that's the only thing that works for me. I "choose to be free of it for just ONE day --with the understanding that IF I CHOOSE to have some the next day I am allowed to do so."

The next day, I CHOOSE to be free of it just one more day and then I can have some the next day IFI wish. And now I have a 2-day streak going (which I do NOT like to mess up!) And the terrible craving is less. Have something on hand that would be OK (a small square of dark chocolate savored under your tongue at the end of a day of good choices), if you absolutely must. But drink a ton of water, go outdoors, talk on the phone with a gabby person (I"ll give you my phone #), wash the car, and try to put it off for an hour. I was totally chocolate-crazy in January---totally out of control.....unbelievable. Then followed the above plan & became chocolate free* for several months. I have 2 dark chocolate candy bars which break off into 12 little squares "available" which I've had for several weeks...untouched.

I did had some chocolate sundaes while in CA, but it did not "awaken the chocolate monster".

You can do this...and truthfully, I am a whole lot happier, nicer, kinder person AND I don't have the constant, never-ending fight with myself ("I absolutely MUST have 1 more candy bar or I'll die" ) all day when I simply DON'T eat the stuff. It just works better for me (& everyone who has the misfortune to interact with me when I want chocolate & can't have it! emoticon)
Nancy

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It's nice to make new friends

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Well, I'm back from my 4-day trip to a nearby city where some close friends, bless their hearts, invited me to come to spend some time with them--and go out with one of their friends. Translation: they set me up on a blind date. I was excited to spend time with them, luke-warm about the blind date.

All my reservations proved unfounded. I'd learned we have quite a few common interests when I'd talked with him by phone a couple of times in advance of the trip, but when I met him, he was even more pleasant and interesting than he'd seemed on the phone. And not bad looking either....

We went to dinner--great meal--yes, I broke ALL the rules. But hey, what could I do; it was a fancy place; I wasn't going to waste his money. The following evening the 4 of us went to a movie and to a club afterward for drinks and a little dancing.

I had fun and made a new friend.

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VETTRANGER 4/30/2012 7:54PM

    Glad to hear you had a great time!

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SPARKLE1908 4/29/2012 9:29PM

    Sounds good to me...glad you had a nice time!

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BRAVERUDE 4/29/2012 7:37PM

    "ALL" the rules, young lady?? You better email me...!!!

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YIWEN39 4/29/2012 7:01PM

    A new friend? way to go Jazz ;-) tell us more :-)
Have a great week emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 4/29/2012 5:14PM

    Heeeyyyyy! (in best Mo'Nique voice I can do)
Sounds like fun young lady...LOL!




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COLUMBINE2 4/29/2012 5:02PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time and good reward for a lot of hard work lately. I'm so glad you had a good time .... and make a new, interesting, fun friend. And I'll bet you looked magnificent! Win/win/win/win! emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 4/29/2012 2:41PM

    Sounds like a fun time :p just friends? lol emoticon

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About soy milk

Friday, April 20, 2012

Each time I read yet another article or see another person on Dr. Oz tell us about the high probability of allergic reactions to cow's milk, I try another brand of soy milk--and can't quite adjust to the taste, even though I only have it in cereal and coffee.

So today I was in the dairy section about to try the vanilla almond milk my daughter (a milk hater) gave her OK to, when I saw a lady reaching for the store brand organic soy milk (Meijer). I told her about my never having found a good one, and she said she'd had the same eperience until she'd tried this one. I was skeptical, but she was positive, so I bought it. She was right. It tastes fine. It's a keeper.

So if you've been like me--so sure the best tasting ones (of anything) would be the brand name one, think again. And save some money besides. Thankfully this store is stocking more and more organic products under its brand. It's a midwest store, but I'll bet your area stores are doing the same.

Save your money, and save your kidneys from having to clean out all that toxicity--they have enough to do, poor things.

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VETTRANGER 4/26/2012 11:26PM

    LOL to the side effect. But supposedly so does eating extra vegetables. I don't know if that's true but its not going to stop me. :-)

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JAZZEJR 4/21/2012 3:48AM

    Well, an unfortunate update is that after really enjoying the soy milk for 2 days, I have discovered a side-effect that I didn't know about--soy produces awful gas! So I guess I'll have to try the almond milk next.

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REJ7777 4/21/2012 2:56AM

    I'm glad that you found a brand of soy milk that you like. I prefer almond milk, and try to get the one that doesn't have carrageenan, like Silk Almond milk. It's important to check the label. emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 4/20/2012 5:49PM

    I'll have to check that one out - thanks! I love the 40 calorie per cup, unsweetened, vanilla almond milk - I use it every day! Even buy it when I travel; very tasty!

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CORNERKICK 4/20/2012 2:15AM

  I'm gonna have to give it a try

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MSROZZIE 4/20/2012 1:17AM

    Good information. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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On the positive side...

Monday, April 09, 2012

I mentioned that I had to attend a funeral of a friend's brother today. The last time I'd worn my trusty black suit was last year at my father's funeral, and I'd needed help getting into the skirt and thank goodness the jacket covered my behind. Today when I put on that suit, it hung on me like an ugly paper bag.

I went rummaging through my closet, nothing. Then I remembered a barely worn black suit I'd tried to sell in my last garage sale because I had no hope of fitting into a size 6 ever again. Found it in the basement, tried it on--perfect fit. Snatched that $5 tag off it, pressed it and wore it proudly. All that exercise is indeed paying off. The scale does not always tell the positive side, my friends.

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CHELEMIA 4/17/2012 2:10PM

    Congrats I am going to smile all day thinking of that Ahah moment and the satisfaction of SEEING a job well done.

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 4/17/2012 10:04AM

    Excellent blog! Sorry about the loss in your life. I am happy that you are moving down the scale and suit sizes...way to go!

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BRAVERUDE 4/16/2012 4:35PM

    Size 6 is fabulous!!! You are amazing!!
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CHICKEYBABE 4/15/2012 10:49AM

    Awesome non scale victory! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 4/11/2012 12:44PM

    I'm so glad you tried that suit on. What a rush!

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FLORIDASUN 4/10/2012 8:19AM

    Hey...you GO girl. What a wonderful celebration...the suit that is. Although I always think of death as a sort of celebration also. What an awesome gift to be lifted from the earthly turmoils into a realm of wonder. Spark on dear friend...spark on! emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 4/10/2012 12:29AM

    Great NSV Jonnie ;-) emoticon

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VETTRANGER 4/9/2012 11:25PM

    I have nothing but a big smile of satisfaction for you after reading that! :-D

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COLUMBINE2 4/9/2012 11:13PM

    Wow...this is absolutely the coolest blog ever!!! I can imagine the thrill of having that tiny suit FIT ..... and wearing wasn't even the motivation behind all your work (sometimes we focus on one outcome or event...and then boomerang back to old habits). Talk about bonus..and no one deserves it more than you!!!!

The proof is in the puddin' and your puddin's lookin' gooooood!! emoticon

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