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Hi, I'm Michelle and I'm a Salt-aholic

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I've always been tempted more by the savory than sweet but until I started tracking the contents of what I eat I had no idea my sodium intake was as high as it is....and the foods I've been tracking are 'me behaving myself'; not my normal standard fare!

What's a salt-aholic to do? I've consulted a few websites for low-sodium eating and it looks like there are a few decent substitutes out there for some of my favorites...peanut butter, cheese, potato chips; just to name a few!

Sparks has been VERY eye-opening for me. I've thought of myself as a 'healthy eater' because I don't go nuts with sweets and sugars! I've always known I have the potential to go nuts with high fats and high sodium junk but had no idea just how nuts I've been going!

This is going to be tricky...but I'm a girl who loves a challenge! I'm hoping if I find enough healthy alternatives to the foods I love (that taste good, because I'd rather eat nothing than something that isn't good) and I give my body a nice long break from the daily sodium assault I may break this habit altogether and not love those foods as much!

I said hoping....I'm forever hopeful! :)

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MISHBLEZ 5/27/2012 11:55AM

    I wonder why there isn't a low sodium section in the Sparks Recipe collection? It seems a lot of us struggle with this demon! :) Thanks for reminding me about pretzels...I love them but never buy them!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/27/2012 8:35AM

    I'm with you on loving salt. I try to use more garlic and onion powder, or real, as seasoning and buy no salt.

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RIDLEYRIDER 5/27/2012 8:12AM

  I much prefer the salty crunchy to the sweet, and it is still not good for us. It is something I deal with by eating only unsalted chips, nuts, and pretzels, when I want the 'crunch' thing. It all helps!

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GOLFGMA 5/27/2012 7:59AM

    I have the problem of going over on sodium more than any other thing. Seems anytime I "eat out" I will be over on sodium for the day, or, if I eat any type soup even the lower sodium ones I'm over. I haven't found a salt substitute that didn't burn my taste buds, so, I like you , would rather do without. emoticon

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LAURANCE 5/27/2012 7:11AM

  I, too, like salty things. And I may decide to keep a couple of salty things in my diet, as long as it's a moderate amount.

It's that hidden sodium that's the problem. I need to read labels carefully and watch for sodium added to packaged foods. There's a lot of sodium tucked away in canned foods and prepared foods. Since these foods don't taste salty, it's easy to not notice just how much sodium is there.

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So Much To Be Thankful For...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Today I feel thankful! So thankful for path that led me to this point in life. I am a very lucky woman. Blessed with an amazing husband, a supportive family and the best girlfriends I could have every imagined!

There have been many bumps in my road; to be sure. But, rather than get mired down in that I chose to believe if I hadn't traveled that road; bumps and all I would not be in this place at this time. And, I wouldn't trade this place at this time for anything.

There is nothing, not one single thing I need or want for. I've made mistakes but have no regrets. Instead, I've tried to learn lessons.

Along the way I've figured out how to be my best me by watching and learning from some very amazing women in my life. My Mother taught me how to be strong, practical, dependable and honorable. My Grandmother taught me how to have fun with everything I do; even the most mundane tasks in life can be an adventure with the right frame of mind. My Aunt taught me to love; truly and deeply, without fear. My friends have taught me trust and loyalty; I will always know without a doubt they have my back! All of that gives me confidence and self-respect.

How could anyone ask for one single thing beyond that, I ask?

The trick...to remember this each day and NEVER take it for granted! So today, I am thankful! :) Even though I thoroughly enjoyed a big BAD breakfast out with my husband today ;) Exercise is insurance for days like this; thank heavens!!

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MISHBLEZ 5/25/2012 7:30PM

    Ok, so confession time...again! Dinner was BAD, BAD, BAD too! But, I did 55 minutes of cardio! So yep, tomorrow is another day!! Oh and, you're most welcome! Thank you, also! We're on a roll chicklate!

Comment edited on: 5/25/2012 7:31:37 PM

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JACBELZ 5/25/2012 6:27PM

    I know what you mean. We took Dick out for a birthday suppah last night. I had fried clams and onion rings. It happens and is OK as long as it's not the norm. Today was definately a new day and all is good. Just got home from work and am off the the home gym in a few. 30 mins cardio & 6 strength training exercises coming right up! Thanks for your help keeping me motivated. oxoxoxxo

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MISHBLEZ 5/25/2012 12:06PM

    Yikes...that was a big BAD breakfast! I just tracked it (honestly, no cheating); she came in at a whopping 874 calories! Go big or go home, I guess! Ok, I'd love to say I'm feeling bad but it was sooooo good! I'll behave myself for the rest of the day!!

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Selfish People...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I'm normally a very positive person! Unfortunately today, my very first post is more of a negative nature; but I've some things I must get off my chest and here is the best place I could think of to do so.

My husband and I are good people; caring and considerate. We both fill the role of 'family rock' for our 'blended families'. Lately those we 'help' have taken us for granted and I'm tired of it!

My whole life I've struggled with this 'issue' and at this point in my life I'm ready to say enough is enough!

It is beyond my comprehension how some people behave the way they do! With not so much as a single thought beyond their own selfish little lives. How shallow, boring and downright lonely that must feel.

I will not let these people change me but I will strive to be much more careful with the people in my life who take my good graces for granted.

Today, as I did my morning walk I tried to shed the bad feelings these last few weeks and days have left me with. As I said my general outlook and attitude is normally positive 'to a fault' and I hate feeling this way. Obviously I did not shed my bad feelings...it's going to take a few more morning walks, I think. But, I thought I'd try this also.

My goal for today is to 'park' these bad feelings here for the day and pick them back up in the morning, if needed.

Here's to a great evening at Charlotte Speed Street with my wonderful husband! Selfish people, be warned, your days are numbered in my book. When I'm done, I'm done!

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JACBELZ 5/25/2012 6:10AM

    Nicely said my friend. Nicely said.

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MISHBLEZ 5/25/2012 4:49AM

    Thank you all for the supportive comments. I believe I am OVER IT! :) I just woke up but I'm sure I'll be inspired at some point today to say something a little more my style--positive and probably filled with humor and a dash of sarcasm!! :)

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CRISBELZ 5/24/2012 2:51PM

    Michelle, you suffer from the disease of 2. You have done 2 much for 2 many for 2 long. Time to start being one of the selfish people and doing things that are for you and only in YOUR own best interest. Sometimes the fish have to flounder in order to learn to swim.....let them flounder. Remind me to tell you about my recent payment to Unitil.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/24/2012 2:27PM

    Good for you!

I park a lot of stuff in my blog posts. Writing really has been a great boon to the process and I just learned to how to post my food!

It's nice having the positive support and intentions of millions of fellow Sparkies!

Check out "The Countess" and her blog "I Quit"

It might speak to you...


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FEZZA11 5/24/2012 9:08AM

  you did right to "park" your frustrations here. Better that, than punishing yourselves with unhealthy food.
Tough times will pass.

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AZMOMXTWO 5/24/2012 8:18AM

  at some point you have to stop helping others and make them do things on thier own no matter what sometimes you have to put yourself first

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