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Sunday, August 14, 2011

It is thrilling when I see the positive steps I am taking actually make a difference.

I willed myself not to eat after dinner last night, and the resulting payoff was a pre-breakfast 93 blood sugar reading this morning.

That is awesome. My range should be between 90-110. 93 is awesome!

It is one of the things that I can do to control my sugar.


What do you do for yourself that results in a visible payoff?

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    I'm making myself exercise. It's not pretty.

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KIKI0531 8/15/2011 2:53PM

    Actually, I do the same as you. I do not eat after dinner and that seems to have been the biggest step in increasing the weight loss. Now if i could just get this crunch addiction in check (chips, pretzel anything salty) UGH :( It is a challenge every day !! emoticon

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    That is fantastic! You really did your body a favor! emoticon

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CHANGE_4_ME 8/14/2011 9:56PM

    Great job!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 8/14/2011 8:24PM

    That is great!

I am changing my mental attitude towards my chronic pain and no longer letting it get in the way of making better choices in my life like walking no matter how much it hurts to get going...i always feel better once I am done.

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PEPPERLEAH 8/14/2011 5:22PM

    Aweswome choices = awesome results! Congratulations!

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DOODIE59 8/14/2011 12:33PM

    Way to go, Mickey! That's what it's all about -- better health:)

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/14/2011 12:05PM

    That totally ROCKS!
Great Job MickeyMax!!!!!

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BAYBELIEVER 8/14/2011 10:57AM

    Way to go! That is awesome!

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/14/2011 10:38AM

    Good job on your excellent fbs numbers. I'm going to assume you already had your calories in for the day! Have a great Sunday.

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POOKAQUEEN 8/14/2011 10:23AM

    That's fantastic! Great job!

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Stopping and Thinking First

Saturday, August 13, 2011

We're on the tail end of our vacation, even though we have traveled home already. We went to a restaurant that we really liked that just came to our neck of the woods. They had many things on the menu that fall into my trigger zone, and indeed, I thought about them.

This is where my progress shows up. When I could say, "not now" and have a decent salad instead with grilled chicken. I still enjoyed my meal, but I did it without fries, and without sweetening my tea. One of my newest challenges to myself is to lay off the artificial sweeteners whenever possible. I normally add splenda, or something similar, but not today, just fresh lemon. I lived. ha ha.

I didn't choose the salad as a second best thing. I chose it because I thought about whether the momentary pleasure from something cheesy would help me in any way, or would it just add to the struggle I already feel walking around and clogging my arteries. I am a cheese-a-holic, and mere mention of the word, "melty" is enough to put me into a moment of delight and delirium. Not today. I chose differently. It is a happy moment when you can pat yourself on the back for making a good choice, and even resisting stealing any of your DH's fries.

I know (and recall from past successes) that the only way for me to win, is to stop and think it through. One day, it will be second nature, but for now, I will just stop, and think and choose.

How do you make the best choices, sparkies?

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    Keep xylitol packettes in your purse.

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CANNIE50 8/19/2011 2:24PM

    It's those moments that make us realize "oh, I really CAN do this, I really can change after all". Okay, believe it or not, I have learned to enjoy cheese as a condiment, sort of, rather than a main course. I put a wee bit (1/2 oz) in scrambled eggs, or a bit in a salad. I hope that doesn't sound obnoxious. Of course, I have foods that are bigger triggers for me so you may need to go "cold turkey" on the cheese for awhile, so to speak, until it loses it's melty hold on you (oh, sorry, how about we say gooey instead?) I do know a heart doctor who cannot eat cheese, even on pizza, because he has seen too many clogged arteries up-close and personal. emoticon PS I am quite impressed with you.

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KIKI0531 8/15/2011 2:58PM

    Healthy choices are hard when eating out especially when hubby and daughter are like high metabolized clones who can eat anything !! I will say though that they are very supportive in my choices and do not try to get me to cheat ... well, at least most of the time they don't try to get me to cheat ... lol

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/15/2011 11:55AM

    I think it through too. How will I feel later? Is it worth it to me? Most of the time it is enough to help me pass on it and if I plan ahead and have something I really like with me that is healthy, like these organic peanut butter granola bars that are AMAZING, that is enough to satisfy me anyway.

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MAMADWARF 8/15/2011 11:01AM

    awesome! it does feel good when we can make strong, healthy choices doesnt it? I cant start with the cheese.. I mean, really, 1 OZ? it is NOTHINg! then it leads to salami and crackers and... ok I will stop. good job!!

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SARAWALKS 8/15/2011 10:53AM

    I do so know the cheese addiction. Every now and then I indulge but then I simply have to not go near it for a while. Yay, Mickey, you are making such great choices and it's wonderful to see your health improving! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 8/14/2011 10:33AM

    Great job! I definitely have to work on this myself. I am a cheese-aholic too. Mmmmm.... emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/13/2011 9:38PM

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CHANGE_4_ME 8/13/2011 9:07PM

    So proud of you!

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FITFABJENN 8/13/2011 8:47PM

    Congratulations for making healthy choices! Those little choices will add up to big changes in the long run. Good for you!

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/13/2011 6:38PM

    I am mucho impressed!
Great job taking control of your choices.
You go Girl!!!!!

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    This is terrific! Way to go! You did a fantastic job of thinking this through! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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