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April Goals

Sunday, April 01, 2012

I can't believe that another month has passed. Wow! I guess it's true that time goes by faster as you get older. emoticon

I am keeping with my goals that I've had the last couple of weeks and adding one more.

1. Stay within calorie range every day.

2. Strength training 3x week.

3. Cardio 45 minutes a day 5x week.

4. Cut out diet soda. This is going to be difficult until I find something else to drink. I drink a lot of water now and am going to experiment with mixing water and juice to reduce the sugar/calorie bump.

I have been doing well with #1 and 2 since I refocused mid-March. I know that I can do well with #3 and 4 too!


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DARINGR8LY 4/2/2012 11:34PM

    I will be working on #4 with you. Let's both do well and NOT drink soda. emoticon

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    Great goals! emoticon

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LASARRE 4/1/2012 8:45PM

    Great goals. Wii can do this together emoticon

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Time flies when you're having fun. Hope April brings you fitness and success!

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Is Diet Soda Making Us Fat?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

To Soda or Not to Soda?? Is Diet Soda Making Us Fat?

I started drinking soda when I was a teenager. There was not diet soda then. Iím not sure when it was ďinventedĒ but sometime in the 70s-80s I guess. Anyway, like many other Americans I figured that I was saving some calories with the diet soda.
I have switched over to caffeine free soda many years back as I was having sleep issues.

Since I have gotten healthy, since I have been a SP member, I have tried a few times, unsuccessfully to kick the habit. I know itís not good for you. I know that it (aspartame) can cause memory loss. The soda itself can eat away at your bones (did you know that they use this stuff to remove gunk on your car battery terminals?) Yuk! Today I read that it can also lead to some types of cancer. How scary! Originally it was approved by the FDA as a drug, now itís in soda. WTH???

For those that have followed my journey on SP, remember my blog lamenting over my big belly? It turns out that the diet soda may be causing it.

Some Info I found online:
Diet soda drinkers have a 70% greater increase in waist circumference than those that didnít drink soda.
Those who drank 2 diet sodas or more a day had waist circumference increase of 500%.
You may be messing up your bodyís system because when it senses something sweet it expects high calories and if it gets the sweetness without the calories, it can throw off the system.
It may make your crave more and burn fewer calories than normal.
Adults who drank 1 or more diet soda a day have 50% higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those that didnít.

Today I told myself that Iíve got to get off the stuff. I canít go cold turkey so I figured that Iíd wean myself off of it. Only having one can a day and then every other day, etc., then none.

I also have to figure out what I am going to drink instead. I already drink LOTS of water, so Iím thinking that maybe Iíll have some juice once or twice a day, perhaps watered down and see how it goes.

I will be curious to see if thereís a difference in my waist size/look after a few weeks off of it.

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KELLEEH 4/6/2012 8:31PM

    I drink a diet soda every day, which I know is not good for me. I think it is GREAT that you are trying to kick this habit!

Dr Oz discussed this on his show recently. He said that the artificial sweetener in diet soda does not cause memory loss, but he did agree that it adds the pounds on and is generally unhealthy. He suggested mixing the diet soda with seltzer water as a way to start to cut down.

Anyway, best of luck to you! I think it is great that you continue to find ways to be healthy!

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    Interesting facts! I don't drink much soda, but this will make me want to drink even less.

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    Years ago I used to drink Pepsi/Coke. Then switched to diet. When I joined SP I gave up the diet. I drank carbonated water for awhile. Then switched to water. So glad I did...don't miss the pop at all now. emoticon

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LASARRE 4/1/2012 11:04AM

    I used to drink a lot of diet soda. Then when I got the ulcerative colitis, I couldn't take the carbonation. I quit after drinking diet soda for over 20 years. I really don't miss it. We know drink diet Ginseng Iced Tea or water. That was the same year I quit smoking.

Now, if I could quit restaurants, I'd have a 3 fer :)


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REJOHNSON3 4/1/2012 9:38AM

    I never got caught up in the soda but I did drink Polar Seltzer Lime drink and now I don't even drink that. I also consumed too much beer and that is all behind me. I have a wine most every evening. I do drink at least 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day.. My waist has gone down from a 44 to a 38 - so between the exercise and the life-style change I have seen and experienced many improvements in my health. So you should see some changes too. Congratulations to you for all of your efforts you are taking to become more healthy.

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ROCKMAN6797 4/1/2012 8:14AM

    I was addicted to diet soda before starting this journey. In fact I would normally drink up to 2 liters per day (and often times more!). Like you, I thought that was the one thing that I was trying to do "right." In December 2009 I made the decision to stop drinking diet soda and, except, for the one or two mixed drinks I have had, have not drank any! This was one of my best decisions ever! I now drink mostly water. If I feel the need for something sweet I will add a flavor packet into my glass of water.

Besides the ill benefits received from diet soda, I also keep in mind the tremendous positive benefits of drinking water. It helps in losing weight, definitely re-hydrates your skin (my wife will attest to this as she always comments that my skin feels smooth!), helps in digestion, and reduces the risk of both bladder and colon cancer.

You have accomplished one-half of this battle, and I know that you can achieve the other half!


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ODAYSKI11 4/1/2012 8:01AM

    Good luck on this, I know it's not easy. I could never stand the taste of the diet stuff, so I ended up having to just kick the regular soda habit. It took a long time (from 6 cans a day as a teen to 1-2 a day as an adult.) I guess I may have had 2 soda's in the past year, except for a Zevia now and then (2-4 per month - I feel better about those, made with Stevia).

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JANTWO 4/1/2012 1:37AM

    I hear you. I drink it too and have tried to quit. I hope you are successful!!!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 3/31/2012 7:35PM

    I have never had diet soda and don't like pop, so no hints here sorry!!!

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LADYJAKE1 3/31/2012 7:19PM

    I am so addicted to diet coke....I am not ready to give it up at this time.

Maybe one day.

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/31/2012 6:47PM

    I've been off soda, regular or diet, for about a year and a half. It has completely changed my eating habits. I no longer eat any foods with fake sugars (no matter how "natural" they say they are). I drink more water, I drink less alcohal, I crave less sweets, I eat more REAL food.

No more migrains, very few tummy aches and WAY less bloating (PMS is not the problem as I had a hysterectomy 8 years ago)

Give it at least a month. I hope it works as well for you as it did for me!!

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A Fishy Story

Friday, March 30, 2012

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I do not like fish but I like seafood. My DH tells me that I like the strangest types of seafood: sardines and clams. I agree. Many people that like common types of fish like cod and haddock don't love sardines and clams. Guess they are a throwback to my Dad, who liked most everything.

As I have been trying to eat healthier food, I have been trying to eat more fish. At least one serving a week or even....drum roll... the two recommended per week. I did not list that as a goal because I wasn't sure that I could do it...... REALLY? or was it because if I wrote it down I would have to do it?? Not sure. I think a little bit of both.

DH suggested that one serving could be canned tuna in a sandwich or salad and then the other ... well...... what?? May I mention that my DH emoticon fish. All kinds. He's "friends" with the sushi man at our local grocery store. The sushi man actually makes DH's sushi fresh for the "good customer."

Anyway, tonight I made a dish that I described as palatable/okay (because it was, afterall, fish). Hubby described it as good. Light and zesty. emoticon

The recipe had three components: Sautťed Fish Sticks, Dill Potato "Chips" (baked in the oven), and Mustard Slaw. The recipe was from the Clean Eating magazine.
I've made several of the recipes in this magazine and they are all good.

The down side of this one was that because of the three components there were lots of dishes and pans to clean up. We have a rule that the chef does NOT do the dishes so DH is out in the kitchen cleaning as I type. emoticon

Here's a photo of this dish.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/31/2012 3:40AM

    That's great to try new things.

I love sardines....but I forget about them since my husband won't eat them. Thanks for the reminder!

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VICD25 3/30/2012 10:13PM

    sounds interesting...

we eat fish 2-3 times a week, especially in the summer when DH catches fresh rainbow or brown trout. I am closer to your DH attitude toward fish, so I won't push it on you, but one of the best ways to cook fish is on the gas grill. then there are no lingering fish smells in the house! we wrap a whole trout (gutted by DH, of course) in foil, cook 3min per side on the grill and the fish falls off the bone and skin.

as for tuna... as a sushi eater, I cannot believe the stuff in a can is the same as the tuna I eat on my rainbow roll!

good luck with your objective!

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Accountability Blog: #12 & 13

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3/27 & 3/28

1. Stay within calorie range every day.
I have been struggling a bit with choices but stayed within my range.

2. Strength training 3x week.
Did Upper and Lower ST.

3. Take an exercise class at the gym this week.
Taking kickboxing class on Wednesday. - emoticon
I still like Chris Freytag's kickboxing workout but this one was good and worked up a good sweat! emoticon

4. Bump up cardio to 45 minutes a day.
Yesterday I did not do any cardio. Today I made up for it with 97 minutes of cardio!

90% since I still need to make better choices on food.

How's everyone doing on their refocusing plan??

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/30/2012 5:48AM

    You are doing great!

I'm doing good with continuing to track my food, eat in range and exercising. Spring is a great time to turn over a new leaf.

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Accountability Blogs #10 & #11

Monday, March 26, 2012

3/25 & 3/26

1. Stay within calorie range every day.
I have gone over my calories the last two days. Mostly because we went out for dinner both nights. Things have been crazy and we just did. No excuses. It is what it is.

2. Strength training 3x week.
Did Lower Body ST today. Upper planned for tomorrow

3. Take an exercise class at the gym this week.
Taking kickboxing class on Wednesday.

4. Bump up cardio to 45 minutes a day.
Got this done both days.

75% Need some work on my eating......AGAIN!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/27/2012 6:14AM

    Staying accountable is huge! As long as you do that, I'm betting your food will fall back into line.

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