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TAMING MY SWEET TOOTH, ROUND 2

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

It has been a rather disappointing year. I had hoped to be at my goal weight by now. I've been a member of SP for almost 6 years but my weight continues to fluctuate as does my motivation. One big problem has always been my consumption of sweets. All manner of sweet treats: chewy, creamy, crunchy will eventually find their way into my mouth. (I have enriched the pockets of several dentists over the years.) Last year I took the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge" and did quite well, but now I think I need to apply that discipline again. So here comes round 2.

The same reasons still apply in addition to learning that health experts now recommend that women consume no more than 100 grams of added sugar per day for health reasons. I shall be tracking and blogging at least 3 times per week and would appreciate any and all support and encouragement. I've already won the victory over salt/sodium since I have high blood pressure. One of my life goals is to eventually get off BP medication by weight loss and lifestyle changes. By controlling sweets I hope to stabilize my blood sugar in the healthy range (I am now pre-diabetic) and avoid having to go on medication for that.

The "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge" begins with a self-assessment quiz which showed me that I have poor impulse control on special occasions when sweets are in abundance or when shopping if I'm hungry or tired. So I have to beef up my self-control skills. Hopefully, by the end of the 30 days I'll be able to put a cap on that sweet tooth and show it that I am the one in control.

Blessings to all

Kathryn

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PURPLE0906 7/10/2014 5:19AM

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I know you can do it!! My problem was not sweets but starches. I have to say since I have been doing the smoothies, I don't have any cravings. To tell you the truth I have even noticed I have more energy, my IBS and Colitis are literally non existent and my RA is doing so much better. Since I was told I have RA, I started to do research on vegetables, fruits, herbs, stopped eating at fast food places, limit processed foods.
Maybe honey would help that sweet tooth.
Good luck and I know you can do it.

Cindy
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LADYBUG1943 7/9/2014 12:18PM

    I noticed that Regina mentions dark chocolate as a problem. As all of us here have different challenges, I'm the opposite. It's my solution. I keep dark chocolate on hand, and have one segment a day. I always buy a high quality chocolate, and it seems to satisfy my desire for dessert.

Another thing I've noticed is that satisfying my sweet tooth with a sweet smoothie really works. This morning, it included a peach, 1 c. of fresh strawberries (stem included), and whey protein, chocolate flavored. Despite the kefir base (which is sour), it tasted sweet and probably had 3 cups of total smoothie. We bought a Vitamix, totally worth the cost. I've probably used it four out of every five days since we bought it.

I could've written this blog, we're so much alike in our biggest challenge. Good luck to you -- or should I say --- good RESOLVE in this matter.

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144AUTUMN 7/9/2014 11:20AM

  You can do it!!

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REGINAROLLINS 7/9/2014 11:20AM

  Many people struggle with sweet tooth cravings, including me. my weakness is dark chocolate-which is supposed to be good for you, but not in mass amounts. That is not my only sweet tooth prob.(pretty much anything sweet is so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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CAN SERIOUS EXERCISE ALSO BE FUN?

Monday, April 28, 2014

I came across an interesting thread today. Someone wanted to know if "serious" exercise could also be "fun". It started me thinking about my own views and attitudes about exercise. It has undergone quite an evolution since I joined Spark People about 5 years ago.

Initially my enjoyment of exercise was on par with a visit to the dentist. It was always a struggle to get in even 3 days/week. I joined a gym and for the first 2-3 years I literally threw my money away by going so infrequently, although when I did go I put in a good effort and felt great afterwards. As time went by I would try adding different modalities to establish a more varied routine. Things like yoga, zumba, boot camps, pilates expanded by exercise portfolio and added the missing element of learning new things and having fun. I also started to walk outdoors while listening to music or podcasts on my mp3 player.

At times my motivation flags and participation drops off. Right now I'm in such a cycle but I'm hopeful it will not last long (it usually does not). At the gym I try to make use of a variety of equipment. Some are easier and more enjoyable than others so at times I burn more calories than at others, but I feel the most important thing is being there and doing something intentional.

On nice days I enjoy walking early in the morning. It helps wake me up and clear away all the cobwebs, preparing me to take on the day. Trying out new equipment/classes adds excitement and more tools to my fitness arsenal. Even if the exercise itself is not "fun", the sense of achievement afterwards is a real boost!

I've also determined that the difference between "serious" and "fun" is a matter of duration and intensity. I used to make the mistake of thinking that only intense exercise was valuable. I think I picked that up from all the sweating, grunting and groaning that was going on around me at the gym. That was a mistake which only led to soreness, fatigue and discouragement. I figured out that I had to tailor my routines to my available time and energy level. When I have more time, I do more and work harder; when time is tight or I'm not feeling too peppy I cut back a bit. The important thing is to do something intentional consistently.

The last thing I learned is to have other fun things in my life besides exercise or provide fun things as a reward for reaching exercise goals.

So, although I would not call exercise "fun" it can be enjoyable. Variety and rewards help keep motivation high. Tracking gives a tangible sense of accomplishment. The impact of exercise on stress and mood cannot be denied. I also remind myself to be thankful that I can move and use my body when there are many people bound to beds or wheelchairs.

My attitude towards exercise has evolved and continues to evolve. It is an important part, but only a part, of a total healthy lifestyle package. I try to keep it in balance with everything else.

Thank for taking the time to read this blog.
Blessings to you

  
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TTLEELEE 4/28/2014 10:05PM

    There is also "serious fun" - in the right place with the right people, exercise can be just that!

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TRAVELGO 4/28/2014 5:52PM

  We are all a work in progress.

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1BOSSMOMMY 4/28/2014 4:39PM

    Yesterday while I was outside coming home from my walk I noticed three kids in an empty school lot throwing a frisbee back and forth. I was immediately transported back in time to when I was a teenager and a group of us would throw Frisbees in the park during our lunch breaks. As I continued on my way home I was wishing that I owned a Frisbee at that moment then I would have dragged my husband, son, and grandson off of their computer game and made them come play with me. It was a missed opportunity but I decided then that the next time i was shopping and saw a frisbee or a kite I was going to purchase one to play with this summer when we have the grand kids staying with us during the daytime while their parents are working.

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MJRVIC2000 4/28/2014 4:08PM

    Make it fun....I Do! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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LENT: A TIME TO ADD AS WELL AS SUBTRACT

Monday, March 03, 2014

The season of Lent is about to begin. In the Catholic Church the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday is dedicated to prayer , fasting and setting aside money to give to the poor. It is a period of deep reflection and self-denial which will hopefully produce a greater depth of spirituality and appreciation for all the gifts we receive from God. Last year I decided to take a hiatus from SP as part of a general decision to cut back on computer time (which was really getting out of hand). This year I have decided to stay plugged in because self-denial is not just about giving something up but also going the extra mile (like getting up an hour earlier to make a healthy breakfast, exercise or have a time of devotion.) I also discovered that without the accountability of SP I tend to fall back into those old "sloppy" habits which hinder me from reaching my goals. So for the next 6 weeks or so I am determined to make my visits to SP more about community and accountability and less about spark points and goodies.

For all my spark friends who have been clobbered by an exceptionally fierce winter, I hope you will see an early Spring; and for my sun-deprived team mates on the "Seasonal Affective Disorder" team, hang in there, DST is returning next weekend. And for all of you who are going through a difficult time for whatever reason I wish you strength, courage and support from all your friends and loved ones, especially on the terrific website called Spark People.

Blessings to all

  
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MARYJOANNA 3/3/2014 2:27PM

  Blessings to you also!

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Valentine for One

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Valentine's Day is approaching. The store's are overflowing with heart-shaped boxes of candy, fragrant bouquets, adorable plush toys, and everything guaranteed to spark up the romance between you and your honey. But what if you don't have a honey? Very few options out there for the single lady who is unattached. It's hard to tell yourself that you are special when society tells you that you are lacking. My closest family is 600 miles away, and I don't have any pets, and most of my friends all seem to have plans. In past years I have tended to overcompensate for any feelings of loneliness by overeating, especially sweets. I'm looking for a better way this year.
Does anyone in the same situation have any fresh ideas on how to cope better?

  
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PANFRIEDTROUT 2/6/2014 6:10PM

   
When I had a situation similar to yours, I tried to view it as just "any other day" ~ I think the biggest thing I ever did was to buy myself a beautiful (but inexpensive) floral bouquet.






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RCAROLINA 2/6/2014 5:24PM

    A veces pienso que es peor tener a alguien y sentirse solo. Ese es mi caso, tengoun esposo, que es como un cactus, siempre se lo digo, ningun detalle para mi jamás. Siempre quisiera tener a alguien que me hiciera sentir especial ese día o el dia de las madres, pero el no es así.
Animos amiga, a veces es mejor estar sola que mal acompañada.
Además, se que pronto encontrarás a alguien justo como lo necesitas.
Animos, un abrazo enorme.

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REDVIXION 2/6/2014 5:20PM

    Treat yourself to something, dress up & take yourself out to dinner, no shame in that... Sometimes being alone is a good things no reason to feel down about :)

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STEVEN_D 2/6/2014 5:14PM

    No, you are doing what's normal. Happy Valentine's from me to you!

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No Resolutions - Just Good Choices

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Goodbye 2013. I hope I shall remember the lessons I learned from you and take them into the New Year. One big lesson I learned is that I need the support and accountability of my friends to help me reach my goals. It has been too easy to let things slide on my own and I have regressed over the past few months. Surprisingly I am not as discouraged as I expected I would be. Somewhere in the back of my mind were the memories of all the little successes and changes for the better that I have achieved since joining Spark People; and what a boost to see the support continue even though I was off the grid for most of last year. Thanks to all who visited my spark page to wish me well.

Well the "Prodigal Daughter" has returned home ready to jump back into the game and cheer my friends and teammates on! No use crying over spilled "eggnog"

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