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Beware of the Maltitol

Friday, August 12, 2011

I knew better. Truly. I was just not paying attention to the label, and I polished off the remaining sugar free caramel popcorn in the bag. Calorie-wise, it could have been much worse, but stomach wise, digestion-wise, and pardon-me, gas-wise, oooh there were much better choices.

Please feel free to take a page from my lesson book:
READ THE LABEL (don't assume sugar-free means eat in large quantities....

PAY ATTENTION --- I do know that sugar free goods can often cause gastrointestinal distress, but I was not paying attention, and man, did I suffer later for it.

I was away on vacation, but ended up with a wasted, painful, unpleasant day and evening, all because of my ignorance and my little friend, maltitol.

Be advised, be forewarned, be afraid. ha ha ha

I am "back to normal" now, but in the interim, that was one ugly evening.

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    The only good sugar alcohol is xylitol. And it's laxative effect is one tenth as much as sorbitol. Sorbitol & manitol are the two worst.

Also unlabeled aspartame and unlabeled neotame are being added to more than 14,000 products, so, reading the label doesn't always work. Don't eat processed foods, period. They make you fat.

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PEPPERLEAH 8/13/2011 10:44PM

    Glad you are feeling better, and thank you for the warning about maltitol.

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CHANGE_4_ME 8/13/2011 9:03PM

    lesson learned! Glad you're feeling better

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SHAWFAN 8/13/2011 8:08AM

    Thanks for the warning. :) I'm glad you're feeling better!

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    Oh, I'm so glad you're feeling better! emoticon

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No One Cheers When You Go Back to Bed

Sunday, August 07, 2011

This morning, (in the words of my DH), I stalled. Like a motor puttering along. I could not quite decide if I was going to slip back to bed, or stay on my tight timetable and get up and go lift weights.

I hesitated. It would have been momentarily nice to slip back under my cover and hide out for a little longer. But I had a choice. I could take that option, or I could get up and go. What were the consequences?

Well, here's the thing. No one cheers for you if you go back to bed. But you get up, move around, pump some iron, you have a whole bevy of buddies cheering you on.

Woo hoo!

That, and the energy you gain from going.

and the satisfaction of the accomplishment of knowing you are on track.

So that is the choice I made. I did it. I got up, worked out and I still have some time to myself before church and the rest of the day kicks in.

What choice are you going to make for your yourself today, sparkies?

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CHANGE_4_ME 8/8/2011 10:44AM

    Proud of you! You are doing it! Yesterday I made the other choice...to be a big ol lump of inactivity. :(


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    Good for you! I'm so glad you chose to get up and MOVE! emoticon

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KIKI0531 8/7/2011 9:43PM

    So true So true. Getting my rear back in gear starting tomorrow. Stayed on point with the nutrition all weekend - including the fam party !! I was so proud of myself. While I was there I took about a 1.5 mile hike around the lake as well.

Back to the ole' workout mode tomorrow. Great blog though - great message !! emoticon

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STARRPARENT 8/7/2011 6:01PM

    emoticon So glad to hear this! I went to church but did Leslie Sansone's DVD this afternoon. Nothing feels as good as knowing you've done what you needed to!

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JOLINEMR 8/7/2011 4:03PM

    Good job! I'm afraid I made the other choice and did go back to bed, but I put in the daily exercise a little later. Unlike you, I don't have nearly as much day left over now.

Keep up the great choices!

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TEACHEROF4TH 8/7/2011 3:40PM

    You did it! Way to go on doing the RIGHT thing!

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JACKI1033 8/7/2011 1:23PM

    Hey great job!!!
I've been struggling to wake up early for the last few weeks since I got laid off but today I woke up at 9:30 and instead of going back to sleep I got up and read my book and enjoyed the cooler weather!

I am going to remember that saying "No one cheers..." and say it when I feel like sleeping in!

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SHAWFAN 8/7/2011 12:33PM

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MADKAPKID 8/7/2011 11:26AM

    good for you! WOO HOO

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DGFOWLER 8/7/2011 10:06AM

    I was so thinking the same thing this morning. But I got up and did 1 mile walk w/Leslie Sanson DVD, 30 min on my Gazelle and 12 min resistant bands and a 5 min warm up, plus 50 wall pushups. Total time was 72 min. I could have gone back to bed, but like you I made the choice and I feel so much better. My body isn't aching either.

I'm so proud of you.. emoticon emoticon

emoticon Donna

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DOODIE59 8/7/2011 10:04AM

    Way to go, Mickey, you are definitely making the right choices:)

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MCJULIEO 8/7/2011 9:30AM

    Well put!

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KEKEIKO 8/7/2011 9:30AM

    Congratulations for making a good choice! emoticon emoticon

Now you will go though your day feeling accomplished and not regretting going back to bed.

So very proud of you! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/7/2011 9:10AM

    Whoooo Hooooo!!!!
You Go Girl!!!!
Great way to make the right choices!!!
Have a super sunday!

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BUTTERFLYER246 8/7/2011 9:00AM

    The weather here is terrible (in "Gloomy on a Sunday" West Virginia) and it rained all night long.... So I plan to get out and do my c25k today. Its not humid, the rain will cool me down if it starts after I go out and this is my chance to push myself on my one day off this week. :)

Super proud of you for pushing yourself this morning! Glad you did because it really does make the rest of your day better emoticon

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Operation Go Me

Friday, August 05, 2011

I read someone's blog recently about a cheating hubby and it put me in a dark frame of mind. While I did not get cheated on per say, I did have that sense of loss and betrayal. It's behind me now, and it happened over a year ago, and I was very vocal about the situation and how I would not tolerate that kind of thing in our marriage. I sometimes can't help but think about how it impacted me, and still does, despite time healing wounds to some extent.

I can't control how someone else acts. I can only control myself and my reaction to what happens. I look to the serenity prayer and there is wisdom in those words. God, grant me the serenity. That is not easy to come by: serenity. But, I found it. And you know where I found it? On a bike, in the middle of an interval. In a place where I was absolutely busting my rump and giving it all I had and thensome to push through. Sure, I wanted to stop but I dug in deep and pedaled on. In that moment, (yesterday), I knew I absolutely have all of the strength in me I need to do anything I want.

Operation Go Me is born.

I am celebrating myself for all of my achievements: big and small. In fact, there is no small achievement. They are all good.

I put up a new set of numbers identifying our address. They look good! The old numbers were falling down and as any fireman will tell you, if they can't find your address, they can't find you. This has been on the hubby's to do list, and while he did make an effort, they still fell down. I did my own thing today and voila! GO ME!

I mailed a letter to a sick friend. Go Me! (keeping the post office in biz one letter at a t time!)

Watched my DVR'ed Shark week specials: Go Me!

Did some Wii Country Dance: Go Me!

Sparked: Go Me

Well I think you get the picture. Do not let another person, place or thing set your self worth. That is up to you.

It's up to you to say: Go Me!


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LBEEKMA 8/7/2011 12:35AM

    You are so right. We have to celebrate ourselves! Go YOU!

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GEORGIA_KAY 8/6/2011 1:29PM

    Marsha, you nailed it with this blog. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR OWN FATE. We all are. Loved this blog, love your attitude, and LOVE where you're heading with this stuff...to success!!

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    WONDERFUL!!! You are a ROCKSTAR, and I am so proud of you for your attitude! emoticon emoticon

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MAMASHAWN 8/6/2011 8:26AM

    Go Mickey!
You've found your strength. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 8/6/2011 7:42AM

    Great blog.....I like the "GO ME" attitude.... I think we can all use a little of that "GO ME" spirit. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 8/5/2011 11:19PM

    Go you! AWESOME blog!

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SHAWFAN 8/5/2011 8:23PM

    Thank you for the reminder to cheer yourself on. I'm woefully poor in this area. But I will start looking at the good things I do and get into the spirit of cheering my accomplishments.
Thanks for your uplifting blog! emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 8/5/2011 5:36PM

    I'm still working on this even at my age. Hopefully I can get it all together pretty soon as I sometimes don't even realize I'm letting someone eles views or ideas or whatever determine how I feel or what I do. It's an ongoing process and each time you take steps to do this, you are GOING. Thanks MickeyMax for a good blog and reminder for me to contine this.

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KIKI0531 8/5/2011 5:07PM

    What a great blog !! Just like I am always telling myself its the small changes that add up to a big difference. So when I decide to eat chips now I have a SINGLE serving not a half a bag ... GO ME !!

Thanks for this today !!

Have a great weekend. emoticon

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SARAWALKS 8/5/2011 4:54PM

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/5/2011 4:41PM

    Absolutely Go MickeyMax!

You are a rockstar! There is absolutely no doubt.

I am sorry that you were feeling low about something that happened 'before'. I knew you during that time, and it broke my heart to see you in pain. I am so proud and impressed that you found that 'place of serenity' on the bike. What an amazing gift to give yourself. I am glad that you wrote it down, so you can remember that 'Wheeeee' feeling when you need it. Whether it be the calm inner peace, or the 'OMG, I can do anything' feeling, you know where to find it, what it takes to get there and that you are, at any given moment, completely capable of achieving it.

Go MickeyMax!!!!!

You are absolutely right --Do not let another person, place or thing set your self worth. That is up to you. ---

Keep Moving Forward Rockstar!!!!


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8 Times Over

Saturday, July 30, 2011

It's simple.

All I have to do is lose 25 pounds.

Eight times in a row.

Then, I will be golden.

Not saying it is easy, but it does seem less daunting then saying I want to lose 200 lbs. :)

Have a great day, Sparkies!

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GEORGIA_KAY 8/6/2011 1:26PM

    That's how I'm looking at it too. I scoffed at first--as if I really could lose sight of the bigger (and I do mean bigger) picture by breaking it down into increments instead of just saying the entire amount of weight I need to lose.

But....amazingly enough, it works. It somehow really and truly makes it all seem so much more manageable. Don't ask me how. lol

25 pounds is all.

(at a time, but hey--who's counting?)

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MZMELISSA2007 8/2/2011 12:53PM

    That is awesome! I never thought about it that way! Great idea! Doesn't sound as depressing lol.

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    I lost 150 pounds the same way! emoticon

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CIVIAV 8/1/2011 6:18PM

    And you absolutely can do it, just like you said it!

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/1/2011 5:31PM

    That's exactly how to look at it. I have a friend who couldn't dream of losing 145 pounds so she lost 5 pounds 29 times. You Can Do It!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/31/2011 2:19PM

    I like it... set your rewards for those smaller steps... 25 pounds in and of itself is an awesome goal. One thing at a time, you can do this!


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BESTSUSIEYET 7/31/2011 12:15PM

    Breaking it into small chunks is wise! Go for it!

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    Oh, and you know what? You are going to DO it! Twenty-five pounds at a time makes it such a reality! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MADKAPKID 7/31/2011 12:06AM

    I like your attitude. And...ya know, breaking it down into the 8 times in a row....makes it sounds doable. HUH? LOL Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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SHAWFAN 7/30/2011 8:32PM

    emoticonStart with short term goals, like saying you want to lose 10lbs, and work from there. Don't look too far ahead. Start small. Change one thing at a time. That's how I did it. I used to drink soda, I changed that to drinking water. Now water and skim milk are all that I drink. Once you change one bad habit to a good habit, change another. Short term goals are the key. Like Spark Streaks. emoticon emoticon

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Just Turn Around

Friday, July 29, 2011

Turning around things is easier than you think. It is easy to get so overwhelmed at times, that you get ready to throw in the towel, and think you are never going to be able to do it.


All you need to do is an about face, and take one step in the right direction. That's it. Just put one foot in front of the other (like Kris Kringle) and just go.

That's how it happens for all of us. We all struggle from time to time. The victory is not in the being perfect, it is from getting up from when you have fallen down again. There is no bed of roses waiting. It is all in the journey. The journey can be full of thorns and missteps, and do-overs, but it is all okay. Just start over and go from there.

I challenged myself this week to do something different. Something I never ever thought I could do. And I did. I waved the white flag. I surrendered and did the once unthinkable thing for me.

I asked for help.

And you know what happened? I got it.

Just what I needed. A fresh perspective.

A perspective that made me stop and say, Yeah, I can do this and I am perfectly capable of having the victory myself.

Yes, I am capable.

Yes, I have fallen, (but I have gotten back up.)

Yes, I am exercising.

Yes, I am keeping my sugar under control.

Yes, I am losing.

And I am doing it one step at a time.

If I can do it, so can you. There is room for all of us in the winners' circle.

Hope to see you there.

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GEORGIA_KAY 8/6/2011 1:32PM

    You're doing all the right things to make your dreams a reality! Love this blog :)

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/1/2011 5:33PM

    Great blog! You have such great insight.
Keep up the awesomeness. I love your open mind and your perspective. You can do this!!!!

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PEPPERLEAH 7/31/2011 10:03AM

    What a wonderful blog! So true that we can all get back up and start again. I love this blog!

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SUZWARNR 7/30/2011 6:33AM

    Nice blog. Great job for heading back in the right direction.

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    I'm on my way! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/29/2011 9:58PM

    Me, too, Mar...me, too!
Hugs, Di

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WINTERSMAGIC29 7/29/2011 9:35PM

    Oh i love that song from Santa Clause is coming to town! And you're right!
I've always struggled with asking for help and i'm glad you asked for help!

Sounds like you've had an ah ha moment! Keep it up! I've been struggling a great deal lately and I'm working towards turning things around!

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