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Leaving a bad taste in my mouth

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Literally. I baked some cookies today (yea, frank has to go see his grandma and that means, me making cookies for her) and of course, I ate some. I have had a terrible taste in my mouth since then. It lasted through dinner even.
How crazy is that??? I used to love sugar and until just this minute I thought I still did but now? I am not too sure. I dont like that aftertaste thing going on.

Next subject: I am on day 3 of the 28 day challenge. It is going good but alot of the excercises involve knee stuff that I cannot do so I find myself making things up but it works I guess. Then I have been walking. Since Saturday though, my right knee is killing me! I can barely get through a mile, a slow mile! I came home tonight and put this electronic stimulus thing on it and am hoping it feels better tomorrow. I am also going to go see my orthopedic dr. I would normally let it play out but it is really upsetting me. I almost cried today when I realized how this is slowing me down. I usually walk 2 or more miles a night and now every step is killing me. And I am not a whimp so... yea.

Next, next subject: you are gonna see some blogs about this so let me lay it out. My father in law was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. It is a blood cancer that makes holes in your bones. No bone is unaffected. He is 77 years old and one tough man. Let me spare the details but he has a very painful future ahead of him. It is going to be horrible. There is no cure. All we will be able to do is try to make a few memories before he is paralyzed and bedridden. Totally heartbreaking. He is not an easy man, not someone you would tell sweet things too. But before he goes, I will tell him that he gave me the greatest gift in my life, my wonderful husband and I will always love him and be grateful for that. I am sure he would rather die than have me tell him that but I am going to do it anyway.

So, that is what is happening in my world today.

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BIGMAMAT 5/6/2011 7:37AM

    Sorry to hear about your father in law... That is a tough diagnosis. emoticon

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SARAWALKS 5/4/2011 6:53PM

    Oh boy, I am so sorry to hear about your dad-in-law. But you are right to tell him that while you can, no matter what he seems to think...what people really think is sometimes something different...these things need said.
Do find out what is happening with the knee. Not a joint to mess about with... emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/4/2011 12:38PM

    Praying for your Father in law! Wow!
I agree on the sugar, I did notice that yesterday, more reason to lay off it!!
Hope your knee is better soon!

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RIGBY31 5/4/2011 11:47AM

    Oh Jan, I'm sorry about your father in law. It's going to be tough. Hope your knee gets with the program (do you wear a brace... sometimes that helps me, but I'm not a doctor, although I like to "play doctor"; sorry!). I like your commitment to 28 days; I'm not in the mindset to do it, but you go, girl!

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LESLIES537 5/4/2011 11:41AM

    I guess the bad taste in your mouth is a good thing, huh?! Boo to the knee pain and a BIG BOOOO to FIL having blood cancer! That SUCKS! I'm sorry he has to go through that! I'll say a prayer for your family! I think that's sweet of you to say that to him. Even though he may act as if he doesn't care to hear it, I bet inside, it will mean so much!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/4/2011 10:53AM

    Sorry to hear about your Father in law. Blessings to your family.

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/4/2011 10:51AM

    That knee pain sounds like an epic pain in the butt. *hugs* Get that checked out asap if it's not fixing tiself, OK?

I'm so sorry to hear about your FIL. As always, you are in my thoughts. *hugs*

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/4/2011 9:47AM

    Sugar!!! Knee pain Arrgghh! emoticonFather in-law


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OHSOCOOLLISA 5/4/2011 9:42AM

    I get the whole cookie and taste change thing. It happened to me as well. It is like my taste buds are just now catching up to the other parts of my body. It is never just weight loss, but a total body make-over. I think this includes the mind and realizing what is important to us. For me, I'm starting to define me by what I do and not so much by what is done to me or by how others understand me.

My father is not an easy man and he is dealing with terminal brain cancer. There is a ton of "baggage" in my world and family...I guess I'm just trying to say that I can relate, to a small extent, how or what you say to your F-in-L and why it matters to you.

Sometimes, it matters more that we say something and less of how it is accepted or received.

Have a sparktacular day!

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SLFRISBEY 5/4/2011 9:17AM

    My Father in law has myeloma as well. He's been put on thalitamide (I am sure that isn't spelled correctly) which has put the cancer into remission for the last 6 years. It may be back though, he's also not an easy man to deal with so getting answers is though. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, it's never easy. (((hugs)))

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/4/2011 8:24AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your father in law. My thoughts are with you all.

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ATREAT4ME 5/4/2011 8:09AM

    It sounds as if you're making a lot of long-term decisions while things are relatively "calm." That's very smart of you. I love your determination. My Godmother had a similar type of Cancer. I am very sorry to hear your family will be dealing with that. I'm praying for your knee to heal quickly.

I so get what you wrote about realizing that your knee was slowing down. I woudda cried AND thrown a big fit. You are so strong and positive. Keep moving. Gently and easy.

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SHERLYN-WILL 5/4/2011 7:43AM

    I hear you on the sugar.... I get that same aftertaste.. and this horrible sugar drunken-ness and feel dazy and weird... (can't think straight... so blaming that on the sugar too... LOL)

So sorry about your knee....

Wow.. I didn't even know there was a cancer that did that!

I will pray for him...

You might just be surprised what you telling him that means to him... I think that is great you are going to do that!

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LUVDOGZ 5/4/2011 6:46AM

    I will say a prayer for your father in law and your family. Cancer is a &*%$#@& disease that has affected my family as well. I hope your knee feels better really soon, I hate when our bodies don't cooperate with us!

Hugs, Michelle

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VEEJAY3 5/4/2011 12:58AM

    Gosh, I'm sorry about your father-in-law; I have a couple of relatives who are very hard for me to be sentimental with, so I know what you mean. But you're really wonderful to push thru it. Really, words of love are in short supply in life, and no matter how he reacts outwardly, I'm sure his heart will be warmed -- a great gift to him at this stage.

Sorry, too, about your knee. I nursed one after a bike wreck for months and months -- it's still weird, but not painful. Just ... weird. Hope you get it all back and THEN some, you dynamo!

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CHELEMIA 5/4/2011 12:57AM

    Hmm What a surprise!!! Jan is taking the brave, strong, and little travelled path!!! You go girl! Know that you have a support network no matter what reactions you get. Yeah for sugar after taste!! The tens unit (electric doohickey with patches!) is amazing for the knee! Hope it works!! Check out chair dancing!! wrap your knee and go for it. I found some on demand tv and internet too. the knee gets bumped around and the glut muscles pull on it but no weight bearing or over 45 decree bending. I use thm when my hip is out or my plantar fascitis is severe!! The big thing with physical ailments is to be flexible. It is so tempting to give up until things are better!! Switch off and change it up! emoticon

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    I am so sorry for your knee pain. So sorry that your father in law has to suffer so much pain. My thoughts are with you!

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Challenges and confession

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I made a deal with my SPEEP, ANEWTATIANA, that we would lose 2 pounds this week. She is a new friend and she challenged me so it was fun. SHe lost 1.8!! I lost, oh wait, wrong word... GAINED over a pound. EPIC FAIL... I did great all week then last night, Pizza happened. SIgh. Oh well, here I go again for this week.

I also joined the 28 day bootcamp starting today. Is anyone else doing it? I am looking forward to it. I am going to take BEFORE photos and then I will post AFTER pictures at the end of the 28 days. It should be interesting and I am looking forward to making some progress. I think it is just what I needed.

Last night, we went to a fundraiser for Crohns disease at my sister's church. Her husband is in a band and they donated their time to play a free concert. Kady spoke and did a great job and met a few really great people. One gal has an ostomy bag and is a nurse and is really excited to team up with Kady to start a support group and to outreach to new ostomy patients. I am reallly proud of my kid. She has a big heart and big ideas and I know she will make it happen.

I hope you guys all have a great weekend and I challenge you to join me on the 28 day bootcamp challenge. 10 minutes a day? You can do that!! I can do that!! WE can do that!

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LESLIES537 5/2/2011 12:24PM

    Yes, WE can!! Let's do this!!! emoticon

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MOONBIRD 5/2/2011 12:02PM

    I might have to sign up for that challenge, but for whatever reason I am always hesitant to. I guess the idea of not having a day off from working out freaks me out a little. LOL I know you'll do great.

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JENNYGIFFORD 5/2/2011 11:11AM

    I'm doing the challenge and rooting for you all the way! You can do it!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/1/2011 11:51PM

    I am up for a challenge mama!!!! emoticon

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CHELEMIA 5/1/2011 11:13PM

    Where would I find the 28 day bootcamp?? I am willing.

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ATREAT4ME 5/1/2011 9:19PM

    Kady sounds awesome. Please feel free to forward me any parenting tips as i am always looking for ways to make sure my kiddos grow up to do great things. What a great, great event.

Pizza... well, it happens. Like you said, it's a new week and you can try again. I'll be looking forward to your 28 day pictures. I bet you'll do fantastic!

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RIGBY31 5/1/2011 8:30PM

    I've been playing Dodge the Pizza for a while now... just can't go there. May gets short for me because of another trip east towards the end. I'll be seeing lots of people I haven't seen since Oct, so the crunch is on to look fabulous! And hurray for Kady! She is awesome.

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    Dam pizza..Get's me every time. Don't get discouraged. I'm predicting that next Sunday I'll read a blog that says "Jan lost 2 lbs this week". I can't wait to read it. And that's amazing about the benefit. Anything to draw awareness is awesome. New week. Rock is mama Jan

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LISSIEONE 5/1/2011 7:40PM

    I'm not doing the boot camp but I wish you all the luck in the world. I am sure you will ROCK the boot camp. My goal for the month of may is to be able to RUN a full three miles!!! (I am up to two miles now, but every few days I have to take a break because my shins suck the butt)

I am sure you are probably just retaining water and stuff because of the pizza, but I hope it was delicious!!!! These things will happen, we just gotta truck on and pick up where we left off!!!

Have a wonderful week!!!!

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PJH2028 5/1/2011 6:44PM

    There are two pizzas at Trader Joe's that I can recommend for future: One is a "Guiltless Pizza" with veggies and no real cheese but a good crust; the other is a spinach feta pizza which is really yummier. When I read "Pizza happened" in your blog just now it made me remember the bazillions of times that bringing home take-out or even eating out at regular pizza places where I just 9x out of 10 do NOT make good portion decisions. Pizza is sparkable for me with these planned TJ products.

I'm going back to the original spark recommendations to remind me of the basics of that that worked so well for me at the start of this journey.

We ARE doing THIS! Bravo for your "bootcamp". Stay on the path. Onward & Downward. xoxox P

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    That support group sounds like a great thing for Kady! How awesome that she is sharing her story and helping other people going through the same thing. Admirable.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/1/2011 2:57PM

    The benfit sounds great, I'm glad Kady is finding the support she needs from the Chron's community. I doing the Spring bootcamp, but have done the 28 day Bootcamp and loved it! Can't wait to see the before and afters!

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BEANABABY0827 5/1/2011 12:22PM

    I am in the 28 Day boot camp as well!! Go Team!!

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AUNTIELES53 5/1/2011 12:20PM

    i'm doing the 28 day boot camp also :) woot :)

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Q and A with Jan

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jan:Thanks for being here today. I know you are busy and I appreciate you taking the time out for this interview.
Jan: Well, thanks for having me. I am only too happy to be here, talking about myself. It is an important message and I am sure your readers are very excited about it too.
Jan: Now, you have lost over 60 pounds in a bit over a year. Can we talk about that?
Jan: Of course! I am an open book.
Jan: Well, let's get right to it

Q. Are you done losing weight?
A.Uh, no. I am barely over half way.

Q.Are you just gonna stay here and maintain within these same 5 pounds?
A. Uh, no. I am not. MY immediate goal is to lose 2 pounds by sunday based on a challenge from a new friend.

Q. It looks like you are happy where you are. What are you going to DO about it?
A. I am going to track my food like I always do, I will keep walking like I always do but I am going to go a little farther and/or a little faster to keep moving forward.
I am going to add some strength training because I have been lazy about that.

Q. Are you happy with your progress?
A. Yes I am happy with how much I have lost but I am not happy with the slow down. I know I have to kick it up because the things I have been doing for the last 13 months are not enough anymore.

Q. But didn't you know this day would come?
A. Yes I did. But I didnt want to accept that it was here already. I was comfortable, it was fairly effortless and now I have to work harder. I may even have to *gasp* make some sacrifices.

Q. What do you eat?
A. Well, my tracker is open so anyone can go see what I eat on a daily basis. I think I mix it up pretty good but I need to try to hit the lower end of my range a few days a week instead of the higher or middle range so consistantly.

Q. What is your biggest concern right now?
A. The condition of my body. I am flabby and I deserve to look better than that. Summer is coming and while I look alot better than last year, I do not want to be confused with the star of the "Water for Elephant's" movie with my saggy, baggy elephant skin.

Q. Anything else that is giving you a problem?
A. Besides my constant hunger, the inner brat that wants what she wants and the lack of weight loss progress? Besides the fact that I KNOW I cannot bake delicious things (like cookies!)....Other than that, no. I think Im good.

Q. Since you are a "Spark People Motivator", do you have any words of advice for your friends or others who may have stumbled onto this scintillating blog?
A. Yes. Yes, I do.
Face the challenges head on
Don't whine
Don't pretend you don't know what you are doing (when we all know you do)
Don't whine (worth mentioning twice). **Whining does not mean expressing things are hard or trying to work through feelings. Whining is just complaining without resolution so someone will feel sorry for you, so they will do the heavy lifting you should be doing. Nobody has it easy so just get on with it.**
Be strong.
Success comes from consistancy
Don't beat yourself up if you choose to eat something off your plan. Geez, you are human, right?
Sometimes it will be easier than others. For Everyone!
Dont over think it.
Move more than you did yesterday
Dont make it harder than it is or that it has to be.
Ask for help
Write it out
Whatever level of excercise you can do, just do it. It doesn't have to be your preferred method of excercise. Take a walk, dance for 5 minutes, lift you dog over your head, just do something more than you did yesterday.
Plan your meal so you dont get in that trap of just eating whatever is handy. I am making Parmesan Basa fish filets tonight. Pretty excited about that.
Do your best today. Just for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Just for today, make good choices, eat within range, get a little excercise, help someone else, write a blog, Like someone else's blog, take your measurements or weigh in, encourage each other.

Jan: Well, thank you for your honesty and for your time today.
Jan: Oh you are so welcome. I enjoyed being here although I do think you were kinda grilling me.
Jan: Just doing my job.
Jan: Whatever.
Jan: Don't be pouty. Do you have any final thoughts for our readers?
Jan: Yes I would like to challenge them to find something good today and tell me about it.
Jan: Ok well you heard it here first, folks. Mamadwarf would like you to tell her something good today. Ready? GO!

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BIGMAMAT 4/30/2011 8:24AM

    OMG! This is the best ever! I am currently dealing with my inner brat! emoticon

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RIGBY31 4/29/2011 12:18PM

    Wonder Blog! Ok, here it goes (and I just might make this my status for today):

My skin looks amazingly radiant today. Must be all the clean eating and water!

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PJH2028 4/27/2011 4:43PM

    Right on Time, Jan! I love this so hard. Thank you for being so very YOU!

and ditto ditto double ditto and dog-nabbit, too!

Yes, I'm accepting that it's going to take doing a little more than yesterday.
And it's going to take welcoming that. It *did* come faster than I thought it would....
Yet "stepping it up" (keeping on: loving sparking liking sweating enjoying sharing celebrating.... is going to keep on being FUN hard work and more.

Gratitude and Determination in Harmony.
emoticon emoticon we can do it!
Halfway and Keeping on Keeping On!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/27/2011 2:57PM

    Something good....hmmm my legs really arent as big as Godzillas

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SLFRISBEY 4/27/2011 1:50PM

    Lifting a dog over head? NICE! I don't think my 60 pound dog would be ok with that, but the little 20 pounder, that's a challenge I think I am going to accept! :) Now I just have to figure out where to put my hands... hahahaha!

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MAMADWARF 4/27/2011 1:05PM

    OMG. I love you guys.... I am laughing and smiling so big right I love all your GOOD things! Veejay, a mile and a half???? You rock! Cellista? Enjoy that nice walk today! Grace, you are a rockstar!!! Kamaperry, you can do it!! Schen, Love seeing your comments and smile on my post!! Seestars, I think I need a video of this. Seriously. Jomama, Y? Because I LIKE YOU! (see what I did there..rofl). Chel, COME BACK TO US! Sara, stay strong. you will be back at it soon enough!!
Anyone else???

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SARAWALKS 4/27/2011 12:45PM

    Something good - I am done with work for the moment and it is NOT raining! emoticon
It is warmer.
Even though I've been sick, I haven't been pigging out...holding steady, weight-wise...
I had a good rant and a good whine and got that done. Check, under Other Goals.

Thanks for the self-talk, Jan! emoticon

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CHELEMIA 4/27/2011 12:37PM

    Dear Mama,
You have been my one string left to connect with Spark. It has been tough seeing you struggle knowing I can't motivate because I am out here in lazy land. Because of the connection though for the last week or so I have been walking with our dogs. Since we got the new 8 month old springer I felt more motivated to get out there and be hands on. I am buying better choices but thats all right now. So for today I will walk and make good choices for meals. This will be a good day. Thank you!

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JOMAMA99 4/27/2011 12:36PM

    Wonderful blog Jan, thanks!!
My good for the day is that I have recommitted to my healthy eating plan and am going to the Y after work today! Back on track-Yea!! emoticon

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SEESTARS 4/27/2011 12:18PM

    "lift you dog over your head"... have you been watching my workouts? This is my favorite exercise. Closely followed by balance dog on sholder and bear hug dog.

Have a great day!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 4/27/2011 12:13PM

    I like the part about whining without some type of resolution to the problem. And I also think consistency is key. Wonderful interview, Jan!

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KAMAPERRY 4/27/2011 12:12PM

    I love this!!! Great advice too!! I love the 5 minutes of activity idea!

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GRACEISENUF 4/27/2011 11:58AM

    Something good is I have been on an exercise streak of cardio morning and late afternoon/evening since 4-10-11 and I have also been eating whole, nutritious foods, (knocking out almost all sugar except the mininal amount in some foods). I feel amazing, energetic and better than I have felt in sooo long. I made up my mind I not only want a thinner body but a healthier one too....WOO HOO!

Love this blog Jan, very motivating and I agree about the "whining". My spark page is a whine free zone, lol!

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CELLISTA1 4/27/2011 11:52AM

    Cellista: So, what do you think of Jan's blog?
Cellista: She is her usual self: silly and serious at the same time.

Cellista: Do you have anything good to report back to Jan?
Cellista: Certainly! The weather in Southern California is perfect! Blue skies and temps in the 70s. Wind last night so no smog at all. Clear and gorgeous.

Cellista: Does that suggest anything to you, uh, like a nice long walk outside?
Cellista: Hey, yeah!

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VEEJAY3 4/27/2011 11:27AM

    Veejay: I understand you were challenged to share something good today.
Veejay: Sheeesh! What's with MamaDwarf and her challenges? Sometimes, I think she's just too into herself.

Veejay: nevertheless, are you going to rise to the challenge?
Veejay: I guess so. Uhm ... something good. Something good. OH! Well, the weather today is well into the 80s, and I'm going to head to the pool and swim.

Veejay: So a little splashing around, then.
Veejay: I beg your pardon! NO! A full-on workout, I'll have you know! A mile swim!
Veejay: You usually do a mile, don't you?
Veejay: OK OK OK!!! A mile and a half. Just to push myself. So MamaDwarf doesn't feel all holier-than-thou that she's pushing and I'm not.

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Bratty McBrattison

Saturday, April 23, 2011

For the last few days, my old habits are starting to sneak back into my life. Craving sweets, especially after eating a meal, deep down hunger even after eating a reasonable amount, being tired, not feeling like walking.

I think it started whenI had to bake cookies for my hubbys grandma and of course, had to taste a few. Then I have eaten a few each day for the past few days. Finally, they are gone. But I have had options and I have chosen to eat badly instead.

I have fruit salad which I LOVE, sugar free puddings (love), Fiber Plus bars (love). But chose cookies.> emoticon

Today I made a sandwhich for lunch. I had reduced calorie wheat (love) but still ate the Potato bread (double calories) anyway. I could have walked to the store but I drove. If Frank hadn't made the dog make me feel bad yesterday, I wouldn't have gone walking either but he made Stitch get all excited and looked at me sad so I went. emoticon

I have lost no weight since March. Well, I have lost a few pounds but gained it back. I am not where I want to be. Not by a long shot.

I think my rebelliousness is in full effect.

What a brat!

I am only half way to my goal. I still want it. So what the heck is my problem? I told myself the other day I would not eat any added sugar and I went ahead and ate cookies and jelly belly's. I tracked them, too. I am not lying to myself or my tracker. I am not feeling overcome and cant control myself. I just want what I want. Period.

I still drink all my water. I still track my food and my excercise. I still have my next mini goal in mind. I still am on spark several times a day. What the heck am I doing? And why?

I guess that is my job to figure it out, huh? Brats dont like having to think that hard! (stomps foot!) and adding (pouty face!) emoticon

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MOMMYNURSE 4/28/2011 11:08PM

    Wow Jan... you are right to tell me to read this blog! My brat has been in full force too. Eating bad things when I have good things sitting right here I can eat that honestly probably taste BETTER (ie fresh pineapple instead of overly sweet cookies)
Time to tell our brats NO so we can be hot mamas!!!! PS subscribing to your blog!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 4/26/2011 10:25AM

    I totally hear you! I have turned a new leaf and I have kicked it up!

Someone once told me that artificial sweeteners make people CRAVE sweets... there is apparently some chemical something in there that makes you want it BADLY. Could that be it?

When I avoid all artificial sweeteners, I am gold. Once I make friends with my Smart Ones desserts, I crave MORE and WORSE!

Good luck battling the pounds! I reached a plateau and got lazy mid-February (it all started with a battle with pneumonia) and I finally started kicking it up a notch and lost 11 pounds in one week!


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BADASSBLONDIE 4/25/2011 12:11PM

    Man I feel ya. I've gotten into the habit of not tracking on weekends! What? Awful decision! I need to stop doing that...

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KAMAPERRY 4/24/2011 11:07PM

    1 cookie= 2, = 4, = whole batch= binge for me, I agree it is sugar addiction! emoticon

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SARAWALKS 4/24/2011 10:57AM

    Thing is, it's such FUN to be a brat! emoticon
Being good all the time gets to be SUCH a STRAIN. emoticon
I find that eventually I just get sick of my bratty self but sometimes it takes a while and in the meantime, I have to just attempt to control the damage.
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ATREAT4ME 4/24/2011 10:17AM

    Going through something similar, m'self and I'll be working through it today (I hope). In the meantime, brat or no brat, I know that you're going to pull yourself out of this because of who you are and how you've behaved for months now. So, for whatever reason, you're here right now. You'll figure it out and then we'll all be back to marveling at your amazing attitude and determination to succeed. I KNOW it!

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HEALTHIERTINA 4/24/2011 9:49AM

  I am right there with you. And now I have filled my house with Easter Junk food in the name of my daughter, knowing I will probably eat a lot of it too. I can't seem to say no to junk right now, even when I have other options too. Remind your self it is progress not perfection. We will both pull out of this bratty rut we stuck ourselves in. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 4/23/2011 11:24PM

    OMG! I love you, even when you are having a week?, I love you. You make me laugh and you make me smile, even when you eat cookies.

Walk, no driving, Hey dog needs a walk!

You can do this, next time make a fruit salad instead of cookies!

Still smiling, so thanks for that.

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ANEWTATIANA 4/23/2011 9:34PM

    Firstly, thank-you for adding me as a friend. I need all the support I can get! and I hope to return the favour!

I can really relate to what you're saying. Been there and done that all too many times. But my grandfather always said that if you fall off a horse, you have to get right back on. I went out for Chinese dinner yesterday. I love this food but I eat it so rarely that I really overdid it and ended up waddled home feeling very guilty. Allow yourself your tantrum, then give yourself a swift kick where it counts and get back on your horse. How about joining me for a ride to lose 2 pounds by next Sunday?


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VEEJAY3 4/23/2011 8:40PM

    I know, I know. Inside me, there's a bratty two-year-old fighting to get out, too.

We'll eventually treat the inner brat with tough love.

We will, won't we?

Won't we?

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LESLIES537 4/23/2011 8:12PM

    Darn cookies!! At least they're gone now! Time to get your butt in gear and turn that pouty face into a emoticon You can do this!!! DUH!! emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 4/23/2011 7:14PM

    Goodness! I thought I was the only brat out here, throwing a feeding tantrum! Walking, what's that? But I KNOW... just like you KNOW... the only option is to be the best person you can be to yourself. I totally get choosing other stuff over the good for you stuff. So let's just knock it off. I'm giving myself one more day of so-so. Then I'm going to swift kick myself into high gear. I can come over and swift kick you too, my dear, if you'd like! Because our nonsense has to stop. Our live's depend on it. Let's look forward.

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CELLISTA1 4/23/2011 5:38PM

    Yikes - I'm a brat too. We brats are our own worst enemy. There's good stuff about being a brat, like we're strong, we're feisty, and we are smart asses in a good way. So what we have to do is be bratty about our health. If I said, "Jan, sorry, but you've been a brat so you can't have any fruit salad, and what's more, if Stitchy does a dance, you still can't take him out. Stay on the sofa til I say you can get up!" You'd pretty much smack me, right?


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GRACEISENUF 4/23/2011 4:47PM

    I've been there, believe me. I am reading a new book that really explains sugar and it's addiciton....some liken it to crack!

The book is called Sugar Shock and I got it cheap on amazon.

Love the ending to your blog...maybe you need a little "time out" huh? :)

Happy Easter to you and your family Jan!

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JIBBIE49 4/23/2011 4:44PM

    emoticonNo Fat Chick for us DONE GIRLS since we ROCK. Happy Easter emoticonWe are EGG-citing. emoticon

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Someone needs you. Serious DBC needed.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

This is a link to my friend's page. Please go read this blog and make comments, suggestions, encouragement or butt kicking (that was my preferred method of drive by cheerleading today). This girl is incredible and doesn't know it. Come on, sparkers. It's your turn to ramp up the juice, the insight, the advice and the love. Thank you.

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THREEE 4/23/2011 1:37PM

    per your instructions, done...

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/21/2011 10:10PM

    Done. You're an awesome friend!

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ATREAT4ME 4/21/2011 8:36PM

    I love you! And I love the idea of drive-by-cheerleading. It is around me more than I thought. I was walking behind a runner, who was wearing a US Army t-shirt. Another man was running toward us and he was wearing a US Navy t-shirt. The man who was coming toward us, never broke stride, didn't smile, wave or anything else. He simply made very quick eye contact and said: "Go Army." Of course I couldn't see the face of the man the running in the same direction I was walking, but I did hear him respond, "Go Navy." Funny thing, as I kept walking behind him, it seemed to me his pace picked up a wee bit and his stride seemed longer, more gazelle like. Drive-by or run-by, it seems life is better when there are folks cheering you on. Thank you, Jan, for providing us all with this opportunity!

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KAMAPERRY 4/21/2011 8:01PM

    You got it!

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SHERLYN-WILL 4/21/2011 6:45PM

    I will...

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/21/2011 6:28PM

    right there

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COOKWITHME65 4/21/2011 6:06PM

    Will do! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 4/21/2011 6:01PM


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    I saw, I read, I commented.

Now I will pray.

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    Thanks for posting!!!

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RUNNER12COM 4/21/2011 5:39PM

    I'm on it.

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LESLIES537 4/21/2011 5:38PM

    You're such a great Spark friend!!! Thanks for the heads up! emoticon

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KASSIANDORA 4/21/2011 4:37PM

    Just read her blog. Looks like she is having a slump. Hope she bounces back soon.

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