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Been a while

Monday, May 12, 2014

So winter kind of got me down. The thing about being down of course is that there is one way out, and that is UP. This morning I started the "fed up challenge" - to give up sugar for 10 days. I can do that, right? Looking for buddies and wondering why this seems to be invisible here on Spark People. Has anyone heard of the movie? Is anyone out there participating in this? Here is a link. http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home
This is not going to be easy but while I was "resting" this past few months I have been doing a lot of research into diabetes because of a family tendency to acquire this disease, and a desire to Not go there. Anyone want to do this challenge with me?

  
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MNNSAIDE 6/7/2014 9:18AM

    Hi Leslie --- how is you ban of sugar going? I don't think I could do that!

Have you kept up with DIDMIS --- she has gone at least 2 weeks now!

Stopping by to see how your doing!



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LESLIE871948 5/14/2014 7:14AM

    Hey I wandered off and did not check to see if anyone was here.! Starting day three, and boy was I surprised to find that my favorite organic tomato soup has 20 g of added sugar. I did not choose That last night. 4LABLADY are you on? I feel pretty good this morning but last night I was really "feeling" the effects of eliminating it all. And YES, it includes even my organic stevia leaf. It does not include whole fruits, that is okay to eat. Not juice though. For basics on what sugar does Dr. Lustig has some good video online.

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KANOE10 5/13/2014 7:38AM

    I am already on that challenge. I stay away from sugar as much as possible! I will check out that movie. There is a team about sugar addiction that might be supportive. I had a pre-diabetes scare and am now eating low carb.

Glad you are back.

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BRADMILL2922 5/13/2014 12:55AM

    Good luck, you can do it!

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4LABLADY 5/12/2014 10:00AM

    Hey, there I am available. I struggled with sugar about every day and fail about every third day. If you want to buddy up I am in for ten days starting today. What is the definition for sugar? Does it include even trace amounts?

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THINFITFEMINIST 5/12/2014 9:31AM

    As to diabetes: you mean TYPE 2 diabetes which is a lifestyle disease, right?

Yes, give up all forms of processed/refined sugars. BUT don't give up fruit. Fruit is healthy and nutritious. Our bodies run on simple carbohydrates. Also I'd suggest getting a lot of greens into your diet. I don't just mean a salad, I mean look into green smoothies and green juicing.

Yes, I've heard of the movie FedUp. There are so many good ones out there. It's all about eating cleaner and perhaps 100% plant food which is what I am doing. No boxed, canned processed "phood" for this gal.

Glad your back. There are a couple of teams about giving up the white stuff. I'd suggest joining another for support. You'll find a buddy on them for sure.

On your idea of 10 days, I'd start off with 10 days and continue. No use in giving something up for a couple of days and going back to it.

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Something new

Saturday, November 09, 2013

I resist the fact that I have to keep a journal, in order to maintain my weight loss. I accept it, but it is so far from a "perfect" solution that I cannot resist looking for other ways to stay on track. My dream for a really long time has been to find a way to live honoring my body and the real hunger that occurs when I need to feed it. There are so many more inputs from my emotional self that get in the way, that I have only been able to effectively maintain by logging every bite of food into one journal or another. I have used both the spark food journal and WW, and both work. The down side to that, and it is a Big one, is that I "eat up" to the recommendations of whatever journal I am using and end up frequently losing touch with what I really need to eat, and what my body might be craving?
This morning I get to weigh in under goal for the first Saturday since May of this year. What I have been doing is keeping a written journal in my phone with pictures even, instead of logging the food. It is super easy, takes no time at all, and when added to the daily weights I do on the scale it *feels* like I may have found a near perfect alternative. If I begin to gain, I can go back to it and put it into Spark and see if there is an eating problem. If I continue to lose, I can see how that feels and if I am hungry too much I can eat a bit more. I am super hopeful that this might be a way for me to be more comfortable in maintenance.

  
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MOM4407 11/17/2013 1:00PM

    Good idea keeping it by the phone. I need to keep the journal. You give a good reason why. Glad you are under goal again.

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GLORIAMAJDI 11/9/2013 12:46PM

    I like the idea of the photos. You have been maintaining for a very long time and I can see the need to keep it fresh. I've only been maintaining for a few months now and I still need to track. In my past weight losses, I get to maintenance and eventually get tired of tracking, so go back to not doing it and then guess what, gain happens! This time I am determined not to let this happen but I've got to face it, it gets boring and tedious, so maybe photos will work for me at some point too. It seems like a fantastic idea. I also want to be a person who eats intuitively but frankly, that might not be possible for me. I don't eat too much when stressed but I tend to make poor choices in those situations (McDonald's instead of a good home cooked meal) and I tend to eat when I am bored, even if I am not hungry. So I think that I will always need to do something to keep myself accountable.

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MNNSAIDE 11/9/2013 9:29AM

    Happy that your under goal...I totally understand the problem and for me the time to write down every morsel I eat. Since school started I have not written down what I eat in my Spark Journal - hence gaining weight again...this blog is a good reminder!



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KANOE10 11/9/2013 8:35AM

    That is great that you are under goal! Your new tracking seems to be working, You are showing strength and motivation.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/9/2013 7:01AM

    Interesting idea. I think for me it would feel like more of a bother to do the photos than just keep the journal in my LoseIt phone app - especially since I tend to eat mostly the same kinds of things, day after day.

Definitely keep us posted.

For me it seems that tracking is the single best way to control my food input. I rely on it to tell me when I'm "done." I actually do need to "eat up" to my minimum. For me, undereating is just as much of a danger as overeating because it can send me into a craving and then a binge a day or two later if I have too large a deficit.

And my binges in the past have been Epic. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
ublic_journal_individual.asp?bl
og_id=2881460 So severe that I actually enrolled myself in ED treatment for them. (So far, thankfully 1+ years of no episodes as severe as the one described above.)

My hunger signals are all messed up. I think my fuel gauge is simply broken. Some days I'm super hungry or I just can't stop thinking about food. Others I feel like "meh" about food.

But from experience I've found I have to walk that tightrope of eating not too much (because it'll cause weight gain) and not too little (because it'll trigger binges, which cause weight gain).

Maybe someday I'll be able to transition to a more intuitive system, but for now I find the numbers super comforting and logging them not so onerous that I can't stand it.

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Fall, I love fall

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This time of year the ducks begin to pass through on their way South, and/or make their winter homes here in our friendly climate. We start having some days when it is nice to be outside. Hurricane season may have passed without us getting any significant damage. It is a good time of year. The time when my thin blooded body can be delighted with the weather (before I begin to shiver). I am acclimated to our hot climate. This time of year it is easier to exercise, and easier to keep up with the yard work, and easy to find good local citrus fruit to eat. I feel a new energy. I believe I am entering one of the seasons when maintenance is not such a daily *job*, more of a "this is how I am now".

  
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GRANDMABABA 11/4/2013 10:10AM

    I, too, love fall. It has been so beautiful. I wish you great success in all your goals and plans!

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MNNSAIDE 10/30/2013 7:23PM

    I agree with you - it's too hot to exercise in the summer! I can't wait for more cool fronts to enjoy working in the yard!!! Thursday may just be that day but without the drizzle for the Trick or Treaters!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/30/2013 12:04PM

    How nice. I feel the same way. I run better in the cool, crisp weather!

But when I'm sitting, doing nothing, I have to layer up!

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I hope you are having a great day!

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New goals, change it up

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

There was a picture on facebook of a person who was mentioning needing to change it up, then getting stressed from change? That is so me. I started counting weight watchers points again because I have been stalled at around a pound or two over my goal weight and it seemed that I just could not get the calories down to a level where I could get rid of the extra pounds. I went with a friend to the WW meeting and had to pay because I was 1.4 pounds over my lifetime goal weight. I hate to pay. It gave me just the push to start doing something really different (well for now, i have done this before :) ). Started keeping the WW journal. I still get free e tools from when I was at goal. But that is going to run out soon, so I need to get it back down.
This said, there is DISstress and there is EUstress. This change has caused a flood of EUstress for me. I am eating a lot more fruits and veggies, and a lot less fat as a percentage of what I eat. I am still keeping the Spark journal but delaying it a day so it does not encourage me to eat more calories. I am satisfied with what I am eating and not any more hungry than I was eating more calories, but I am coming in at a lower level. I think maintenance is mostly about try this, try that, but don't EVER stop trying ! And a little bit of the right kind of stress can be a good thing.

  
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GLORIAMAJDI 10/18/2013 5:56PM

    It is definitely good that you are eating more fruit and veggies. They fill us up and are sooo good for us. I definitely need to get more produce in my diet - you are motivating me to work harder at that! I also think that we need to change things up - either to keep us from getting bored or from getting into a rut where things don't work anymore. I get bored easily, so I need to work on some new ideas.

Boo on having to pay for WW though, I thought if you were within two pounds of goal they wouldn't make you pay. I might go to a meeting just for the support but I am certainly loathe to pay and right now I am half a pound over.

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KANOE10 10/17/2013 8:01AM

    I agree..changing things is needed. You are right about not giving up. I like the phrase "You can crumble or you can conquer." I find that after time doing the same thing does not work on getting pounds off and you need to work on changes.

Good for you finding ways to get those two pounds off.

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LILYSDOGS 10/16/2013 3:16PM

    Thanks, in weightwatchers this week at the meeting they talked about changes and making changes. I'm a long way from my goal I have never reached a goal weight but I'm hoping this time I will eventually get there no matter how long it takes.

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KELLIEBEAN 10/16/2013 12:47PM

    I agree. I had to keep changing things up to loose weight and now I find I need to change it up every now and again to keep myself on track.

Great job!

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MADEIT3 10/16/2013 10:43AM

    I think you are so right - maintenance is a dynamic, ever changing process that forces each person to change constantly. Stress, sleep, and even something as simple as noise level have an impact on what happens to my weight.

Sounds like you're making some choices that will work for you in the short term while keeping your eye focused on the long term. Good for you!!

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Spark? how has this made things different

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I was reading about a success story here and began thinking about my own experience with SparkPeople. I don't know exactly when I found it, but it was several years ago, and I was so excited to find a place where a person could get help for free. This is so rare in today's world. I joined, and used it for a while then wandered away during a very difficult time in my life when my Mom was dying with Alzheimer's disease, and I had lost my exercise coping technique due to a bad bicycle accident and an overwhelming job both in my career life and home life. I killed off my account and wandered into the wilderness. I wish I had just let it wait for me here, so I could see those records, but whatever.
I joined again in October of 2011. It had a gradual effect on me, pulling me steadily out of the bad place I was in, both emotionally and physically. In April of 2012 I began keeping a daily weight journal, and using the spark nutrition tracker some of the time. My weight began to drop, and in June I was updating my spreadsheets and getting close to my happy weight. Got back to my WW lifetime goal weight in October of 2012. I was not that overweight when I came back here, but I was also not healthy or happy. I need daily support to maintain my weight loss of close to or over 200 pounds. I don't gain back the 200 pounds when I slide, but even 20 or 30 pounds changes my life profoundly. Spark is the key for me to keeping myself in the Delighted with my weight and my health zone. The support here is what makes maintenance possible. There is a pretty intense focus on weight loss, and that is good, because weight loss is difficult. What I missed before is how critically important support is to Keeping the weight off. There is an active maintenance community here, and I believe that this is the magic bullet that will allow me to maintain the Entire 200 pound loss for life. I went through another Really difficult time between May of this year and now. I began to drift a bit. This time I stuck with Spark People sometimes by the edges of my fingernails, I made myself stay and ask for help. I am back in a very good place today. Cannot say thanks enough.

  
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AJDOVER1 10/11/2013 9:36AM

    I'm so glad to be sharing this part of the journey with you!
You're so right -- 20-30 pounds makes a difference in our lives. Sticking with like-minded people keeps us on track.
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KANOE10 10/11/2013 9:24AM

    Spark is wonderful. I think support is the key to maintenance, It keeps you focused on what your struggles and successes in weight.

Great job of staying motivated and maintaining that loss.

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JOELEVENACIOUS 10/10/2013 6:33PM

    great job! hang tough!

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MADEIT3 10/9/2013 11:28AM

    What a wonderful story!! I'm about where you were in 2012 - still struggling with things and hoping to keep my weight - and health - from getting back out of control. Thanks for sharing how Spark has helped you!!

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