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This Low-Sugar Thing

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We've all heard by now that sugar is bad for you. You hadn't heard? Listen up: SUGAR IS BAD FOR YOU!

We know we should cut back on cookies, candy, pop, and ice cream, if for no other reason than it makes us fat. Well, that is the main reason for a lot of us!

A friend told me years ago that there's a connection between sugar and cancers. I had this vague understanding, but still I clung to my "treats" because mentally they kept me from all-out binging. If I can have a cookie and track it, it keeps me from feeling deprived and eating 10. In theory.

I'm not saying I'm giving up sugar completely. I'm not. But the 60 Minutes segment they aired recently about sugar and the link between sugar and a variety of illnesses (cancer, heart disease, diabetes) really prompted me to get real about my sugar intake. As they say, not all calories are created equally. 1200 calories of cookies are not the same as 1200 calories of a well-balanced diet.

The 60 Minutes sugar show and watching a couple friends radically reduce their sugar intake has motivated me to cut back. I've quit and re-started drinking pop many times over the years, and now I've quit again. My usual lunch-time cookie or brownie -- I now eat half. Do I feel deprived? Not at all. I still have my "treats" -- they're just not so bad or so big.

These small changes resulted in my usual maxing out on my carb range to coming in comfortably on the low end. And it really hasn't been difficult.

I really like knowing that I'm taking care of this body. I'm doing what I can to minimize my chances of having health issues. I'm making myself as healthy as I can be!

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GINNABOOTS 8/15/2012 9:41AM

    I completely agree, I cut out added sugar a month ago & I feel so much better. Like you I still have a 1/2 of a cookie every now & then, but it is a Kashi cookie. I was stuck in a plateau & since giving up the sugary sweets, I busted the plateau & have lost 5 more pounds.

Thanks for posting! Stay healthy.

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JESSYVIRGINY 8/15/2012 9:37AM

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I Will Run... No Matter What!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Last night I went to the Y to run. My goal was 3.4 miles, but it started off not so great. I was only .38 miles into it, feeling quite sluggish, when the fire alarm went off! Most of us kept right on working out, waiting to see if it was a false alarm. After a few minutes, they made us go outside.

We waited outside a while... and then a while longer. I stretched and walked around. I was weighing my options. Believe me, the thought occurred to me to just quit. Oh yeah... my keys are in the locker room.

I went over to the picnic table, switched my MP3 player to a meditation podcast, and tuned out the world. I've been meaning to retry meditation, and somehow day after day goes by without me managing to squeeze it in. Here was my perfect opportunity -- nothing else to do!

After that, some Y workers came around and told us it would probably be another 15 minutes before we could go in. There was no fire, but they had to reset the alarms.

I decided to finish my run outside. Man, was I sluggish! Allergies? Heat? Tired muscles? All of the above? I managed to run 2 miles, and that was truly all I had in me yesterday! 2 + .38 = a full mile short of my goal for the day. Oh well, something is better than nothing!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/14/2012 1:01PM

    Really awesome that you didn't quit!

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THOMS1 8/14/2012 10:25AM

    emoticonYes, something is better than nothing. emoticon

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Drunken Tennis

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

So........... last night I had several beverages while cooking and eating dinner. My son wanted to play tennis after dinner. Sure, said I. So we walked over to the tennis courts.

I didn't feel intoxicated, but let me tell you: It's true what they say about slower reflexes! We've been playing tennis a lot in the last few weeks, and in general I can beat him. He's improving and he's young, so my days beating him are numbered. Anyway, last night, despite my efforts, he was killing me! We were playing to 8, and he was up 4-0.

We noticed some people we know playing on another court, so we chatted with them for about 5 minutes. FIVE MINUTES. Then we resumed our match. Alcohol worn off by this point? Stubborn determination overcame slower reflexes? 1-4... 2-4... And on and on.

I beat him 8-5.

He blamed it on that FIVE-MINUTE chat... threw off his game. HA!


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TSISQUAUSDI 8/10/2012 10:31AM

    LOL, my son would have said the same thing! Honestly, it sounds like you had fun, and that's the best part, isn't it! emoticon

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RADFEN 8/8/2012 5:40PM

    Can't say that I have ever played after having a libation... Good job on coming back to win your set!

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/8/2012 12:54PM

    Haha. Good strategy with the 5 min talk :-)

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DHARMAPHILE 8/8/2012 8:56AM

    Aha, it all becomes clear! Well I'm impressed that you felt able to give it a go in the first place. I don't really drink alcohol these days so one glass of wine is enough to put me straight to sleep!

Well done on all the tennis - what a great way to spend time with your son!

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Excuse Buster!

Saturday, August 04, 2012

This morning my plan was to get up and run after having a small breakfast and giving myself some time to digest. Well, that turned into two massive mugs of coffee, by which time my tummy was in no condition to go for a run. Okay, I'll just give myself a little more time and have some water… GREAT – now it's storming! Massive rain, lightening, thunderstorm!

Excuse #1: pukey

Excuse #2: rain

I waited. I drank water. I changed into running clothes and shoes. I checked the weather. It looked like a break between storms -- a big break! Plenty of time for me to run!

I took off running, thinking if I puke, I puke. Chalk it up to experience. But, surprisingly, the nausea faded. I felt great! So great, in fact, that I skipped my usual walk at 1 mile. I kept trucking along. And then I skipped my walk at 2 miles. I noticed the darkening sky. Who cares?! I don't mind running in a little rain. I skipped my walk at 3 miles and decided I might as well go farther than planned since I felt so great! It started to sprinkle just random little drops -- delightful, actually. I felt so happy jogging in the rain!

When I was about a half mile from home, it started raining in earnest. Massive, gushing downpour. Tee hee! I felt like a kid! I felt so dedicated! I felt so energized! I ran, ran, ran, ran, ran!!!

That's the first time I've ever run when I felt completely capable, completely physically and mentally capable to keep on going -- never questioning how much longer before I can walk, no gasping for breath or worrying about my knees. I loved every minute of it!

See what can happen when you knock down those excuses and just go for it! Giant rewards!

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NDTEACHER1 8/4/2012 9:10PM

    Wow!! Good for you, I'm impressed!

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Vacation Blubber

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Good news: I gained only 1 pound on vacation. I guess all that exercise worked off the excess calories. What a relief.

So now for the August 10-pound challenge, I have 10.5 to lose. That's a good, lofty challenge. I think I work better with aggressive goals.

I really want to master the self-control so that I can go on vacation and still eat reasonably. It's a bit of a concern that my eating is perhaps just a tad OCD. Just a tad? A big tad. That's all fine and good when I'm home and in my normal routine. Well, I'm not going to obsess on this right now. I'm back home, and I can get back in my good routines. I know where I messed up and can try to do better next time we go out of town.

Happy trails!

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    I hear you--when I track my food I get crazy OCD about it! But when I'm not tracking? Forget it. I'll go over 2,500 calories a day, easy. (Especially easy when I'm drinking beer. Your drunken tennis post was hilarious, by the way.)

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RONNIEHUEY 8/4/2012 10:15AM

    You can do it!

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