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Friday, February 03, 2012

I got to the top of the stairs, sighed heavily, and said to Hubby, "This. This is the moment when I really miss it."

Yes, I'm day three into no artificially sweetened iced tea mix, and doing pretty well. But after I finish my workout, my first thought is, "Yum! Gulping down that strong, sweet iced tea!!!" And then the crashing disappointment that I won't get to after all.

Please don't bother suggesting substitutes. I've tried in the past, and nothing matches it. In fact, the attempts at other iced teas have sent me straight back into the arms of Lipton.

So this time I'm trying something completely different. I'm making a cup of hot tea, which I can sweeten enough without too much sugar to at least make me feel less deprived. And then I'm drinking only water otherwise. So far this seems to be working.

That, and allowing myself a momentary pout at the end of my workout and before moving on to the rest of my day.

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BLUE42DOWN 2/3/2012 3:19PM

    I really do understand the desire to not try to simply replace it with substitutes. I find doing so just reinforces that feeling of not getting to have what I ~really~ want.

It's been a little funny the last couple days because I've had to go a route to work that I used to stop at Starbucks along the way. Each time, as I come near where I'd have to detour, there's this moment of "Ooh, yes, hot chocolate and muffin. I can make them fit my day. I'll go without some other stuff." I keep right on walking without the detour. Knowing I'll have my juice and cheese stick isn't the same, it's not a replacement. But I know it's healthier for me.


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WORTHEYMOM 2/3/2012 1:52PM

    reminds me of a year ago when I gave up Mt. Dew! You can do it!

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NATPLUMMER 2/3/2012 1:28PM


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OVERHAULING-ME 2/3/2012 11:50AM

    WooHoo, you're doing Awesome! I've replaced my hot cocoa with Pero. Not the sweet drink I was used to but I'm finding it a good replacement. I'm trying to not get addicted to anything so I only have the Pero occassionaly unlike my hot cocoa which I had AT LEAST once a day.

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NELLJONES 2/3/2012 11:29AM

    If you want to make the switch to artificial sweeteners there IS a period of accustomization. And you will become accustomed to it, and sugar will taste terrible. The same with switching from regular milk to low fat or skim, or baked instead of fried chicken. Like waiting for your hair to grow after a bad haircut, you just stick to it and you WILL get there.....if you want to. I don't think anyone liked artificial (or lowfat) anything at first.

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MISTRESSC 2/3/2012 11:06AM

    I know how you are feeling. I am trying to give up dt. dr. pepper. I have cut way back, but it has been hard. Keep it up!!!

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My other addiction

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Unless we go out or have friends over, I've fallen into the habit of staring at the computer all evening, just refreshing the page and looking for things to respond to. While I love the support I'm getting here, and have friends I want to interact with on other sites, I need to change that habit.

So I'm determined that starting this evening, after dinner I will work on a hobby, or read a book, or do some other activity that isn't just sitting here with the laptop and the TV on. Life is slipping by me in the shape of computer time, and I have quilts and jewelry to make and books to read.

Like having bad eating habits and not working out, the computer habit is the easier path but ultimately unsatisfying.

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    I love being with my friends on the computer. They are inspiring and I find having a computer is enormously helpful. But like you I find it hard to turn it off sometimes. I am trying to just turn it on, do what I have to do, and turn it off when I'm done. There are so many other things to do. Have a great day today!


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BLUE42DOWN 2/2/2012 3:08PM

    I certainly know what you mean. There are times on the computer where I'm actively doing things. I'm reading blogs, replying to friends, researching information. And then there are times where I'm hitting Refresh to see if anyone has said anything new, logging back into pages to see if there's an update yet.

The latter are when I have to move away and do other things, things that are more productive of my time.

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SHAMILTON311 2/2/2012 3:06PM

    I do the same thing. I do read before I go to bed, but evenings I have the tv on and my computer in my lap.

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HONBAD 2/2/2012 1:19PM

    I agree! It can be hard to pull yourself away. I probably need to limit myself sometimes too.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 2/2/2012 10:58AM

    I totally support you doing what's best for you! Good job identifying an area that you need to change and going for it.

(That said, the computer is not unsatisfying to me at all. Before the internet, I was an unhappy introvert with no friends. Now I have a full social life without having to make my social anxiety go away, which is easier said than done. Personally, the time I spend on the computer enriches my life, it doesn't waste it.)

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NATPLUMMER 2/2/2012 10:42AM

    Great plan!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 2/2/2012 9:06AM

    Amen about the computer habit is the easier path but ultimately unsatisfying.


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NELLJONES 2/2/2012 9:00AM

    When watching TV you can knit or make menu plans. When on the computer that's pretty much all you can do. I hope you find something else enjoyable to add to your day.

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OPTIMIST1948 2/2/2012 8:38AM

    Ive noticed that about myself too. Thanks for giving me the push to "move along" after I'm done with my tracking.

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The day of reckoning

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

For over a quarter century I have been drinking Lipton Sugar Free Instant Iced Tea, a concoction of chemical sweetness and caffeination that has kept me going through raising kids, working, divorce and remarriage, moving across country, and more.

It's vile stuff, really. But I am addicted.

This food product does not fit into my current determination to eliminate chemicals from my life. I have stopped eating prepackaged foods, have stopped buying foods produced in artificially low-fat versions, and am committed to cooking real food from scratch. As part of my determination to eat clean, I vowed that, once these final jars of the tea were gone, I would stop drinking it. In preparation, I had limited myself to only one large glass of it a day, rather than throughout the day. I could see the end coming, so I was getting ready.

Yesterday I made what I thought was my next-to-last glass of this instant iced tea. Today, I went into the kitchen to ceremoniously make the final glass. A glass to savor, to appreciate. A glass to say goodbye.

As it turned out, there was only a little dusting of the tea in the bottom of the jar. I'm not sure how I didn't notice it yesterday, but there was only enough for one weak ounce of tea.

I was, shall we say, dismayed. I had a plan for this. And that plan was smacked down.

Oh, also? It's That Time Of Month. It was kind of a perfect storm of "NOOOOOOO!!!!!!"

So here I am. I've made a cup of hot tea to stave off caffeine withdrawal, and I have a big glass of water. I'm pleased to be getting this last daily dose of artificially manufactured food out of my life. I expect that in a matter of a few days I won't miss it anymore.

But that is not this day.

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GRANDMACOO 2/2/2012 2:52PM

    I LOVE iced tea, but it has to have sweet 'n low in it. A little over a year ago, when my new lifestyle began, I gave it up. No more artificial sweetener for me. I was looking at my iced tea maker the other day and thought, "I could go for a nice tall glass". But, I did not give in to the temptation, because, like you, my body does not need that stuff anymore. Good for you for giving it up.

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/1/2012 6:07PM

    YAY, for giving that up! I used to have a HUGE cup of hot cocoa daily, even during the summer! It's hard to live without but so far so good.


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DOTTIEJANE1 2/1/2012 5:47PM

    Breaking up is hard to do but YOU HAVE DONE SO WELL . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POGOMOP 2/1/2012 3:46PM

    breaking up is hard to do! good luck

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THE-MORE-GIRL 2/1/2012 2:38PM

    Awww. Hugs.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 2/1/2012 2:18PM


You and I seem to be a lot alike. I too have stopped buying packaged process foods. In fact since I discovered spaghetti squash, I stopped eating pasta all together. I'm going to give the five boxes that in my cupboard to my son's family of 6.

Have you ever noticed if you have a sweet drink that if you ate something sweet before you drank it, you could hardly taste the sweetness in your drink? Well I keep that in mind as I continue to cut the sugar out of my tea. I'm down to 2 tsp of sugar for a pitcher of tea. I'm actually learning to like just the taste of tea by itself. I did something similar for my coffee and now drink it black.

I'm learning to cut back on salt too As I get used to less salt on my food, I'm learning to like the taste of what I eat the way it was meant to taste all along!

You are doing an awesome job of EVERYTHING on your journey. You inspire me. Keep it up!


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THE_NEW_MELISSA 2/1/2012 1:37PM

    Kudos to you! Good luck with the "detox" :) You can do it :)

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2012 1:37PM

    Good luck!! emoticon

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A quarter of the way!

Monday, January 30, 2012

As of today, I am 1/4 of the way to my goal weight. I've also reached the "10% of body weight lost" goal. I've been on Spark People just a little bit over 4 months, and with all this help and support I have made tremendous progress. Thank you all!

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    way to go

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MELLISOND 1/30/2012 11:06PM

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DSW310 1/30/2012 2:30PM

    Awesome job - keep going! Woo!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/30/2012 2:28PM

    emoticon JOB! emoticon

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HONBAD 1/30/2012 1:16PM

    Yay!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

The help and support you feel is also a reflection of what you offer all of us.

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VILLAMARIA 1/30/2012 12:59PM

    Congrats. BTW- I love the background on your spark page!

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OVERHAULING-ME 1/30/2012 11:15AM

    emoticon That's emoticon!!! emoticon

Can't wait to follow you on your journey as you get to the halfway mark and then to GOAL!


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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/30/2012 10:49AM

    You rock! We'll show everyone that eating real food can fuel a healthy body!

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NATPLUMMER 1/30/2012 10:42AM

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LIVELAUGHXO 1/30/2012 10:40AM

    That's awesome!! What an accomplishment! emoticon

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

I never bike in the winter. Even when the weather is nice and the snow has melted and the roads are dry, I just don't do it.

But today I had to get my bike back from the shop, where it was getting its tuneup for spring. And the bike shop is only a mile and a half away. So instead of driving there and loading my bike into the car, I decided to walk down and ride back.

I am completely out of biking shape. I was ponderously slow. I got winded. My butt was complaining, even though it was only a mile and a half. But I was grinning all the way. Bike! Yay!

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LIVESTRONG2010 1/30/2012 7:21PM

    Don't you just love it the way your bike makes you smile!!! emoticon So love my bike.

Ride strong and pedal safe

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HONBAD 1/29/2012 9:49PM

    Good for you!!! That's awesome!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/29/2012 8:11PM

    Yay, bike!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 1/29/2012 3:38PM

    Awesome! Also you just gave me the idea to not wait till the weather is warm to get my bike tuned up. I'm going to do that so it will be ready to go when it gets nice out!

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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2012 3:00PM

    emoticon YAY!!

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