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Slimful bar review

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A coworker got free Slimful bars, so I got to try one. I tried the orange cream one, and it didn't taste bad at all. It was actually kinda good.

It does help you feel full, but if your issue is psychological appetite I don't think it's enough to stop you. I found it took about 2 hours to really get me feeling fuller.

It's not bad, and it's a good substitute if you need to feel like you're eating a dessert. You might be better off eating an apple with peanut butter though.

  
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TANGYTANGERINE 3/28/2014 12:29PM

    I agree. I have found that those things make me just want more rather than curbing my appetite. emoticon

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MARYANN2323 3/27/2014 1:07AM

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JAMBABY0 3/26/2014 10:27PM

    thank you

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flavoring my water

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I don't know if anyone else has posted about this, but I found a great way to flavor my water. I put frozen fruit into a coffee/thermal travel mug and fill with water. The water stays nice and cold, and the fruit thaws slowly. It adds a nice amount of flavor with nothing artificial added. As a bonus... I get to eat the fruit later.

I started this because the artificial sweeteners used in most of those water flavors (Mio, crystal light, etc...) were giving me raging headaches and triggering migraines. I wanted to keep drinking water, but I needed to find a way to make it more fun.

This has been a huge help for me as I transition away from anything with caffeine. (So long Starbucks... it was good while it lasted.) So far I've just done strawberries, and I'm trying peaches today!

  
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MADEIT3 3/9/2014 4:49PM

    I have a great water filter but find if I flavor the water with lemon or lime, it tastes off. I guess the water I've been drinking has been so bad that since I now drink clean water, it tastes better au naturel.

Strange, right?

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KELLYDRESCHER 2/11/2014 5:25PM

    BTW - peaches were delicious. The flavor was very delicate.

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GAYLLYNNE 2/11/2014 5:11PM

    Great idea!! Perfect for summer!

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JANEMAR2 2/11/2014 4:40PM

    What a great idea. I am going to have to give it a try.

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GRANDMABABA 2/11/2014 3:35PM

    Great idea. I often se a little lemon juice for flavor, but mostly drink it just as it comes through my fridge filter.

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MARYANN2323 2/11/2014 2:41PM

    This is a great way to get in more water without having to force yourself to chug that bland, tasteless stuff. Raspberries and blackberries are another 2 good choices.
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C25K app

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I started the C25K app last week. Two things became apparent - I am so out of the good shape I was in last year, and I need better shoes. I made it the 60 seconds I needed to jog, but more than that might have caused bad things to happen - like a puddle beneath me. On the shoes, I could feel the strain in my legs. I also ended up pulling a muscle in my back at some point last week. I don't think it's related to the C25K work, but I need to let that heal before I push myself any harder.

This week will be about the treadmill and elliptical and building up my breathing so I can attack the C25K again in February.

  
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SAHEDGES01 1/20/2014 9:45AM

    Val - the fitness gal pal - and I are sold on the Sketchers Go Runs for the alternating walk/run of C25K. They are fairly reasonable in price.

Good luck! Treadmill time is better than couch time!

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MARYANN2323 1/19/2014 1:46PM

    emoticon Stick to it Kelly, you'll do it!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 1/19/2014 12:56PM

    I didn't know there was an app for this... although I shouldn't be surprised. There seems to be an app for everything!

I will go check the iTunes store for the app. I'm doing a very slow version of C25K (increasing every month instead of every week) so hopefully the app can work with that.

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Stepping up... again

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It's been a long time since I was on SP. I went through some really tough challenges. Most of them were (some still are) deeply private, so I avoided public forums where I felt tempted to share. I didn't want to hurt anyone involved. The problem was that I lost lifelines that helped me care for myself, like this one.

I now have a new job, life has settled into a new norm, and all other manner of living is good. I'm still down from my highest point, so I'm holding that as a victory given my crazy 4 months prior.

I downloaded a C25K program on my iPod today, and a coworker is going to take me to the gym today. (There's one in the office!) Today will be a good day!

  
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MARYANN2323 1/14/2014 2:56PM

    Welcome back Kelly, and I hope you love your new job. It's great to see that you've re-committed yourself to getting healthy. emoticon

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KELLYDRESCHER 1/14/2014 10:20AM

    I got C25K - 5K trainer from Zen Labs. It came up as the first suggestion for me in the Apple App Store. It got some great reviews - especially since a voice comes on to let you know when it's time to walk or run. I prefer that to having to watch a screen because I start to get motion sick. I'll post a review tomorrow after the workout.

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FITFRIT 1/14/2014 10:08AM

    what c25k did u get. let us know if you like it

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BRASKIN 1/14/2014 9:44AM

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Dear SP, where are the real models?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dear Spark People,
I've noticed, when I log on in the morning, that you have all these bright shining faces smiling at me in the Top Stories section of the start page. Every morning I am forced to see all this "happiness." Why does it irritate me? It's not because they are smiling - it's because they are so freaking skinny.

Models have a job of looking pretty for the camera. They have time to work out and think about what they eat. Maybe they waitress on the side - I don't know. What I do know is that a model is most likely not doing the following... all at the same time:
1. trying to fit 60 hours of work into a 40 hour week
2. trying to find enough time left over for relationships and family
3. fixing meals for multiple people (more often containing someone with an allergy)
4. go to school part-time to show the importance of education to their kids in addition to improving her life
5. avoiding temptations at work like the birthday party ... or just because it's Friday
6. in the little time and energy that remains - carve out space for herself

If one of your models is doing this, please let us know. It's super annoying to see her smiling at me when I'm pretty sure she can eliminate half of the list mentioned above.

Better yet... why don't you start using some of your real-life inspiration stories as models. You have a built in fan base right here of women who are beautiful in so many ways. Sure, they may not fit in a single digit dress, but they have so much depth. They have found out how gluten affects their diet. They have discovered how past hurts have affected their weight... and then done something about it. They have modeled exercise for their children so they won't have to go through the exact same struggles. They have put themselves through school without surviving on gummy bears, ramen noodles, and Mt. Dew.

These are the real models I want to see smiling at me. The ones who take life by the horns and say, "You are mine now buddy." So what if she wears a size 12 or 20? So what if her hair is grey? That woman is far more real to me than then women I see now. (For that matter, where are the men? I know there are plenty of men on this site.)

If you need somewhere to start... I'll be waiting my my phone and computer.

  
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SAHEDGES01 9/18/2013 9:23PM

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ABAKER34 9/18/2013 10:25AM

    Love your blog, can we please see some real models sparkpeople?? emoticon

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KKKAREN 9/18/2013 10:19AM

    Not to knock the skinny girls, it would be nice to see some average sized women and men on this site.

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ABYSTAR 9/18/2013 10:10AM

    There are men on this site and I can tell you that once you lose "x" amount of pounds, you tend to start smiling from ear to ear. Not sure whether I qualify as a good candidate since I have lost some but not in the range of many here. Life is so immensely different for so many i would be good to see that wide cross-section here.

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TWISTEDMELODY81 9/18/2013 10:03AM

    I agree. It would be nice to see some more "real" people. My schedule sounds a lot like yours and I too would like to see some people that are just beginning their journey or are in the middle of it versus the ones who have made it past the finish line, or never had to worry at all about that extra piece of cake.



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JANET552 9/18/2013 9:59AM

    Good idea! We need to start seeing people of all shapes, sizes and age. It would be nice to see pictures that reflect the real world.

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