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Is Sugar Toxic?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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Susie, THANK YOU for mentioning 60 Minutes report on "Is Sugar Toxic". I found it quite interesting. For those doing the "Taming the Sweet Tooth" challenge, this report may be just what you need to watch. I know for a fact, that I've been addicted to sugar. I found it QUITE interesting that you need to increase the amount you consume in order to get the same 'pleasurable' feelings [much like drugs] so that we are eating more and more sugary stuff to be satisfied. Hmmmm! That is CERTAINLY what I've done--and the pounds followed. I also find it interesting that I tend to crave, crave, crave if I have sugar; but if I stay away from it, I don't even really have a 'sweet tooth'.

I'm not ready to say "no sugar forever"; however, per "60 Minutes" suggestion of no more than 100 calories a day for women, 150 calories a day for men, I find that reasonable advice.

Continuing my search to find what is right for my body--I'm certainly not suggesting that everyone follow suit. This is such a volatile subject! I know just READING the words "Is Sugar Toxic" a month ago would have caused me GREAT distress, and I wouldn't have read anything, or even watched the interviews on 60 Minutes, but now I felt ready, and I'm very thankful that I'm making changes.



  
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GRACEISENUF 4/7/2012 12:38PM

    Excellent video, thanks for sharing Susan. I agree wholeheartedly with everything the Doc said about sugar. Now to implement his findings....the daily challenge! :)

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SAL1512 4/6/2012 7:37PM

    I know for a fact that sugar can be part of an addiction. As a child, I watched my mother eat 6 candy bars at once. She was out of control. It scared me. There are a lot of problems to be addressed when it comes to food choices.
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GOURMETLOSER 4/5/2012 3:50AM

    Interestinly I find thast I feel so much better when I don't eat sugar.....but still I eat it. I must be so masochistic! :)

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RELISA4HEALTH 4/4/2012 11:08PM

    sugar is an area I deal with too. Thanks for sharing this insight.

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 4/4/2012 11:19AM

    I think getting off of sugar is one of the hardest thing I have worked on. I have a long ways to go, but I have been able to cut back a lot.

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VISUALLYRICS 4/4/2012 10:56AM

    so true - sugar is like a drug....
I am thankful I took my 21 day fast from it & I can tell ya - it feels emoticon NOT to have that pull towards sweet stuff. Lol!! emoticon I'm maintaining the lifestyle without sweet stuff.
I feel like I'm not "bothered" by the sweet tooth anymore. (((freedom))) emoticon



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EBLOOMING 4/4/2012 1:57AM

    Thank you for your blog! I agree fully that sugar is addictive and toxic. I recently went on a 21 day sugar fast and now will allow some in moderation. I also went on a wheat fast and noticed weight loss from it. I think to know our own bodies and what works is important. I did not see the 60 minutes. emoticonDown with white refined sugar.

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KADULAC 4/3/2012 10:55PM

    It is amazing how sugar acts like drugs, in that we have to have more of it to be satisfied. I'm with you though, not ready to give it up completely.

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DUXGRL1 4/3/2012 8:29PM

    Sounds reasonable and allows for my small daily portion of M&Ms!

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PAMAPPLE 4/3/2012 7:43PM

    100 calories per day ... sounds like a reasonable amount.

I, also, read that when you eat sweets with a meal, your blood sugar doesn't spike as much as if you ate it by itself.

I am doing well with avoiding sugar right now on day 5 of no sugar. WooHoo!

Kudos to you, dear Susan, as you control your sweet cravings!

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PATTYCAKE17 4/3/2012 7:37PM

    Thanks for the great blog.
I am eating healthier all the time, and trying so many new and yummy foods that do not include sugar. I see sugar as part of the processed food syndrome, and so rarely consume foods like that anymore. I do, however, plan for certain days and occasions when I allow myself to look forward to, and indulge in, a sugary treat, or even two! I am planning to have dessert on Easter, and will either have a restaurant dessert, or the mint choc. chip brownie ice cream that I have purchased in case we eat dessert at home after our dining out meal. Either way, I will send the ice cream home with my grandson for his pleasure, if he wants it. Otherwise I will dispose of it and not keep it around. I just can't afford to fool around with "dangerous" substances any more. My health is too important to me at my age! emoticon

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PMFISH 4/3/2012 7:23PM

    More toxic for some, but I don't think it does any of us good. I use stevia, but there is sugar everywhere when you leave home or have people in.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/3/2012 3:00PM

    I wouldn't say toxic but addictive for sure. I try really hard to stay away from the over processed sugar and use a darker sugar that has larger grains and a somewhat molasses taste in my coffee. I've also found that sugar does effect mood.

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TOPFORM1 4/3/2012 11:37AM

  I've tried eating sugar in moderation, but it hasn't worked for me. Once I eat some processed sugary treat, all hell breaks loose and I desperately want more and more. Stopping myself from eating more sugar once I start is like trying to stop a speeding freight train. I'm much better off if I stay away from the stuff. Like others have said here, once I stop eating sugar, the cravings decrease and even go away for the most part.

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MISSG180 4/3/2012 11:17AM

    I hadn't been having any problems with cravings until I allowed myself a sugary goodie last week. Now I feel like I'm still getting my blood sugar back to normal from it. I think it's very addictive, at the very least.

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OOLALA53 4/3/2012 10:32AM

    The other element of this (not sure if it was covered) is that if you refrain from sugar for awhile and then eat it again, it will likely create a "surge of urge." If you give in and overeat it, it will increase the power of the cycle. If you don't overeat, it will decrease it. That is why it is better if you think you will eat it at some time in the future NOT to swear off it completely. The only other way to defeat it is to eat it a few times a week in small quantities. That won't be easy at first-- and at first means for many months. But it will allow it to become a sometimes thing. If not, never eat it again.

Baumeister in his most recent willpower book said after reviewing all the literature on weight loss, he had two pieces of advice: 1. Never diet. 2. Never swear off chocolate or anything else. What to do? Use limited amounts of willpower to start using rules for specific situations until those get strong. Then add on. I suggest the No S diet. http://nosdiet.com/ I'm 2 years in and 31 lbs. down. No problems with maintenance. emoticon

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MAMASUDS 4/3/2012 10:19AM

    I agree with mama-2-four. It is the refined white sugar that is toxic. We removed it from our diet 11 years ago after my husband was diagnosed with sarcoid. It made such a difference. For a while, we went completely sugar free. Then only raw forms of sugar. Now, we do occassionally have white sugar in a cake mix or at someone's house, but it is amazing how fast dh symptoms come back up if he overdoes it. Within minutes he will be coughing and wheezing. Gummy Bears are the worst! Thank you for sharing this segment with us. It is so imortant to keep an open mind when searching for the healthy path.

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IMAVISION 4/3/2012 10:16AM

    I agree fully - for this gal's body - sugar is toxic.

I do best when I totally abstain from all forms of sugar.

I find it such a blessing to have zeroed in on that “truth of life for Ima”! To my Creator God I lift praise & thanks for His having allowed me to do so.

May we all be blessed with continued success in learning what is right for our temples of the Lord!

Ima


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IMSILLY 4/3/2012 10:06AM

    I saw 60 minutes too, it really does make you think, but I believe anything is fine in moderation. On a personal note, I've been addicted to sugar too. In early May, I took on the Mayo Diet Challenge to not eat sweets at all for 2 weeks. I was amazed I was able to do it (since I had a "much-needed" candy bar daily), and MOST amazed that my cravings for the stuff faded rather rapidly. Now, I treat myself to 1 dessert a week, and feel satisfied with that.
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ABETTERSOUL 4/3/2012 9:05AM

    Sugar is toxic for me. If I consume too much of it in one day...which of course, I have done over and over....I feel physically ill and very irritable. The only added sugar I've had in the last few days is in my coffee...I have to have my coffee sweet! But, I have noticed a difference in the way I feel...looking forward to feeling a little better each day. I joined the Taming the sweet tooth challenge also....it gives me more resolve when I know I am accountable.

Here's to more healthy eating... emoticon

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AVANELL 4/3/2012 8:45AM

    I feel so much better when I don't eat sugary things. And it's true that the craving for it goes away when you get it out of your system. Giving it up can be difficult, but if you will stick to it you really won't miss it once your body has been cleansed of it.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 4/3/2012 8:13AM

    Sugar IS toxic...nothing good about it(refined white). Its great when you are ready to learn and imply it. Good luck with your challenge:)

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The VALUE of playing

Monday, April 02, 2012

I just read this article today from SparkPeople entitled: "14 Ways to Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors", and I was ABSOLUTELY amazed with some of these statistics.

"Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth".

AMEN!

"But, with children spending between 40 and 60 hours per week attached to electronic umbilici, and the balance of their time scheduled between school, sports and other extracurricular activities, educators, doctors and early childcare experts are beginning to see a myriad of negative effects ranging from reduced cognitive development as a result of overly structured activities that do not stimulate problem solving and creativity, to childhood obesity, reduced muscle development and balance and other physical ailments."

VERY motivating to get the kids outdoors playing! :-)))

Here is a pic of Stephen a couple of years ago AFTER he played in the MUD! You can tell that Sammy was quite intrigued! ha!





Today is day 16 of "Taming the Sweet Tooth" challenge, and I have to say HOW AMAZED I am with the AMOUNT of food [calories available] I can have WHEN I don't have treats! Boy, sweets really eat up our calorie allowance, don't they! I'm feeling absolutely wonderful, but I'm not ready to totally give up sugar for life! ha! We'll see what I decide after the challenge.



Today, I've been TOTALLY satisfied, and not the least bit hungry, and I still have 683 calories to hit my LOWEST range! Hmmm, I think some popcorn is in order for tonight! emoticon

I also bought some LÄRABARS today. Are you all familiar with them?

I got APPLE PIE



"Just like Grandma's and under 200 calories, this Apple Pie provides 1 full serving of fruit and 5 grams of fiber. Not too sweet, and spiced with cinnamon and raisins, Apple Pie also has almonds, walnuts and natural chewy goodness." That's it for the ingredients! Six ingredients and NO refined sugar.

CHERRY PIE:




"Tart and tasty, chewy, but not ooey or gooey, our Cherry Pie contains 1 full serving of fruit, 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. The simple, 3-ingredient mix of unsweetened cherries, dates and almonds, packs a big flavor with a dollop of fun."

CASHEW PIE:



"Cookie monsters (and moms) get ready, Cashew Cookie delivers a wallop of rich and creamy flavor. This 2-ingredient treat is a simple blend of cashews and dates containing 6 grams of protein and 20% of the recommended daily value of Magnesium. A super snack for fending off a cookie craving."

Has anyone tried these? I think this will be my 'treat' when everyone else is having brownies or ice cream! emoticon The good news is I'm MAJORLY cutting out sugar in the kids' diets too. They can have their once a week ice cream treat on Friday night, and I'll make one dessert on the weekend [but only those who've completed all their lessons for the week with GOOD attitudes get to have treats--this is what works with teenagers! ha!] Well, enough ramblings.

Loads of love to all you WONDERFUL, supportive friends!!!!!

Susan

  
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GRACEISENUF 4/7/2012 12:40PM

    I am going to have to try the Lara bars.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/5/2012 5:32AM

   

Congrats on 2 weeks of being Sugar Free! I have tried all 3 flavors of the Larabar. Cherry Pie is my favorite.
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GOURMETLOSER 4/5/2012 3:41AM

    I need to go back to that. I was actually just being sugar free at home. If I went out for a meal then I indulged. I did it for a while and found that I was satisfied easily, had heaps of calories, lost weight and needed less sweetness in everything....i.e. my taste buds got better at identifying natural sugars and subtle sweetness. It was well worth it. Why did I ever go back to sugar???? Sometimes we do ourselves no favours!
I don't think we get larabars here but they sound pretty good.
Keep up the great work.

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KADULAC 4/3/2012 10:53PM

    It IS awful how many calories sweets take up. You can eat tons (literally) of fruits and veggies with those calories.

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PAMAPPLE 4/3/2012 7:36PM

    Love your blog! Thank you for the wealth of information... I have a feeling your kids get outside more than the average child... I remember being outside lots with my Hannah when she was younger.... Hubby and I used to pull her on a sled, make snowmen with her my hubby, ride bikes, play on playground equipment, run, play soccer and softball, etc. Ah..... the good ole days!

I checked out the healthy dessert website.... wow, great healthy chocolate recipes... and they have been saying that even milk chocolate is good for you! Yum!

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CALAMITYJANE44 4/3/2012 7:35AM

    Be careful with those...they're addictive! Good thing they're pricey! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 4/3/2012 6:46AM

    I got a sample cherry pie Lara bar at a 5K. It was delicious! I now make my own. How hard is it to mix 3 ingredients? They are super yummy!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/2/2012 11:11PM

    Thanks for introducing me to a new product at:

http://www.larabar.com/prod
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DUXGRL1 4/2/2012 10:31PM

    The larabars look great! When we were kids, we were outside most of the time...I think that the kids today are really missing out for a number of reasons.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 4/2/2012 9:17PM

    I love the mud Pic.

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MINDY502 4/2/2012 8:38PM

    Great blog alot of information I do think our kids miss out on much needed execise today due to video games and other things that tie them in the house. When I was growing up our parents practically had to drag us in. lol good ole days. Kudos on doing the taming the sweet tooth I was going to do it but changed my mind need to because like you said alot of those calories do eat up our sweet allowance. Have a great week dear friend!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/2/2012 8:34PM

    emoticon Have you ever tried the Kind bars? I had a bite of the dark chocolate, cherry, cashew one the other day and it was GREAT. emoticon

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Easter Week

Sunday, April 01, 2012

WOW--did that Easter season FLY by--just seems like yesterday that Lent started!



THANK YOU, Laura, for posting your wonderful blog! I plan to do this with Mary and Sammy this week, and have them 'tell the story' at our Easter celebration--we will have seven extra guests that day.

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SO excited to have a 'different' kind of school week. We have lots of crafts, baking, and learning through 'lapbooking' that we're doing with the theme of EASTER. Mary and I are excited to peruse ideas for out Easter table, and of course, she is helping me menu plan, and shop for groceries. What a gal! Can you tell we cut her hair this week--she looks SO grown up to me!

Today was SO relaxing. I made chili for dinner, and took a leisurely walk. Just SO, so nice to 'be still'.

Have a WONDER-FILLED week as you contemplate the RICHES of our SALVATION through Jesus.

  
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GOURMETLOSER 4/5/2012 3:45AM

    A wonderful time to remind ourselves of just how rich our salvation is. Sometimes it is so easy to take it for granted but at Easter the full cost comes to life again.

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KADULAC 4/3/2012 10:45PM

    Sounds like a fun week. Enjoy.

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PAMAPPLE 4/2/2012 11:07AM

    Mary is so sweet and happy! I just know that she is going to grow up to be a great cook like her mom!!

I saw Laura's post about the easter eggs... I like your idea to invite seven extra guests!!

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KATHYKIM 4/2/2012 9:48AM

    Mary is growing up! She is so adorable. I am so looking forward to celebrating Easter and the Resurrection! We have been searching for a new church that is a better fit (ours has become too large and too loud- but we are thankful that it is growing with new disciples of Christ!). Easter sunrise services are my favorite as it is such a beautiful time of year in Arizona and reflects the beauty of the momentous event we are celebrating. emoticon

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SAL1512 4/2/2012 12:24AM

    Christmas is great, but it would mean NOTHING if the Resurrection did not happen. That explains why Easter is my favorite holy day. God bless your family during this most holy season.
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VISUALLYRICS 4/1/2012 9:56PM

    Oh the Wonder of being still....I hear ya! I need to do more of that, Susan.
I just cut Faith's hair last night....she is gorgeous.....almost 8 too! What are we going to do with our grown up ladies? ...hide em'! Lol!! Mary is lovely.



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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/1/2012 9:47PM

    Mary looks so adorable. That smile is amazing. emoticon

Hope you have a fantastic week.

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/1/2012 9:17PM

    I love the Resurrection Easter Eggs. You're right about Mary . . . she truly is growing up so very quickly. Great message! To God be the glory! God thinks you are special, and He celebrates you all the time.

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Sammy's party with pics

Saturday, March 31, 2012


Mmmmm….cleaning up! emoticon

Mary makes Sammy's cake this year--a very complicated "Best Ever Chocolate Cake" and she did a FABULOUS job!

Mary lighting his candles

Look at that intense face! emoticon






One of his gifts:

One of "Martha Stewart's", oh I mean Mary's masterpieces!

BTW, today is my 14th day of the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" challenge and so God gave me the grace to NOT partake in this cake, or the other homemade snicker bars that Daniel made for dessert for our pizza party last night! I feel SO MUCH better not partaking! Amazing! Also, I'm limiting coffee to 1 cup a day [which is probably more like 2 with the size of my mug] since I heard that caffeine whips the adrenals, and that esp. during this peri-menopausal stage, it's best to cut back on caffeine. So that's the plan, Stan!

However, I can't imagine giving it up completely! Mmmmm…I love my coffee!

Oodles of love to all my friends! {{{{hugs}}}} Susan

  
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BAMAJAM 4/5/2012 11:41AM

  What happy pictures! Mary looks like that little girl "TV executive" that does those cute commercials about excelling as the BOSS. Mary and Sammy both look darling!

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GOURMETLOSER 4/5/2012 3:47AM

    What a great little girl you are producing.
Good for you cutting down on the caffiene. I imagine that will be quite a challenge.

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 4/2/2012 7:04PM

    She did a great job. Training her well.

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SAISHA100CJ 4/2/2012 5:51PM

    Happy Birthday, Sammy! What a great cake! Mary is an awesome little baker! emoticon
WTG on avoiding the sugar, Susan! Awesome!

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KATHYKIM 4/2/2012 9:56AM

    Wow - that's great that you were able to resist the cake - just looking at the picture makes me want to run out and eat chocolate cake NOW. emoticon Mary is so adorable and looks so please to be giving Sammy his cake. As always, seeing the pictures of your family makes me smile. emoticon

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SAL1512 4/2/2012 12:21AM

    The chocolate cake looks excellent! But what really matters is the good memories that were created that day!
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IMAVISION 4/1/2012 7:39PM

    I so enjoyed the peek into Sammy's world. He is a cutie!

That cake does look as if it was professionally made, Susan.

Your Mary reminds me our our youngest who enjoyed baking & turned out such mouthwatering masterpieces as Mary did for Sammy's birthday!

Those photographs are such wonderful keepsakes!

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ABETTERSOUL 4/1/2012 4:15PM

    I am enjoying my cup of coffee right now instead of indulging in chocolate...which is what I really want! LOL!

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ZELLAZM 4/1/2012 8:11AM

    You are a STRONG woman, resisting that cake. Your daughter looks so pleased to be able to bless her brother with his birthday cake! And he just glows!

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HSMOM2FOUR 4/1/2012 6:42AM

    Awesome job on the cake, Mary!!!! It looks sooooo good!!

WTG on abstaining from the sweets! That took real self-control, I'm sure -- wow! I'm impressed!!!
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KADULAC 4/1/2012 12:37AM

    Beautiful cake. Mary sure makes some wonderful stuff.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/31/2012 11:48PM

    You have the most beautiful family. When I see them, I not only see a child of God, but see winners at the next local, county, or state fair! Thanks for sharing Sammy's big day!

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JUSTJUSTY 3/31/2012 6:19PM

    So adorable! Glad it was a wonderful day for all emoticon

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DUXGRL1 3/31/2012 5:49PM

    Good for you resisting that cake!

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RAINBOWMF 3/31/2012 5:48PM

    Ahhhhhhhhh thanks for sharing, this warms my heart.

Hugs Mary

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THEADMIRAL 3/31/2012 5:13PM

    Beautiful pictures of your precious children, Susan! What a great celebration! Congratulations on resisting the sugar! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 3/31/2012 3:43PM

  Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/31/2012 2:59PM

    So true about caffeine - emoticon on your self-discipline to 1 emoticon a day!!
I don't feel alone now that I know you didn't eat the birthday cake or snickers dessert....I am the same way! I have a cup of emoticon instead.

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KMICHA 3/31/2012 2:17PM

    Ho precious! Mary did a fantastic job! The cake looks delicious! I bet there were no complaints from Sammy! LOL!!!

WTG Susan! You have some great will power!!!

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MAMASUDS 3/31/2012 2:11PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I recognize that gift. I think there is something very similar waiting in my closet for a ds who turns 15 soon. We got the kids each one for Christmas and they have a blast. Then when they have friends over, they want to play nerf, but don't have enough to go around, sooooo . . . I found a set just like the one Sammy got. Great minds think alike!
Glad you got to enjoy your coffee too.

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N_STITCHES 3/31/2012 2:07PM

  Fun pics, Susan! Thanks for sharing. Mary did an awesome job on that cake!! My daughter loves to bake too. She even sells her cakes now. I'm with you on coffee. I've given up all carb veggies, breads, pastas, rice, sweets, and alcohol, but I can't give up my 1 morning coffee and my 1 afternoon espresso. I've got to allow myself 1 vice. :)......Patti
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SUNNY332 3/31/2012 2:04PM

    Happy Birthday, Sammy!
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday, Dear Sammy!
We and Jesus loves you....
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BTW - Mary did a great job on the BD Cake. It looks amazing.
Good for you to stick to your challenge and not partake of the cake.
That would have been a hard one for me.

Hugs, Sunny

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/31/2012 1:32PM

    Beautiful pictures of your babies. emoticon

I switched to decaf and it has made a world of difference.

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Some happenings in our home...

Friday, March 30, 2012

My DEAREST, most treasured friends, I MISSED you so much! You all are so dear to me, and though I haven't met most of you face to face, I feel SO connected to you in heart and spirit! '…whom having not seen, ye love…' I know this is talking about the LORD, but I also feel this connection with my online friends.



My break was ABSOLUTELY wonderful! I had been praying about 'fasting' not only from the computer, but also doing a 3-day food fast so I could seek the LORD regarding the deeper issues I have with food. I had prayed several days about it, and then finally told the LORD that if He was calling me to do this, to PLEASE speak to my heart and pour out His grace since I can do NOTHING without Him. I sensed immediately that He was calling me to do it. And I had THE most abundant grace! EVEN during a birthday party! emoticon The LORD's power is ALL that we are to praise, that NO flesh glory in His presence!



Anyway, the LORD spoke to me so much regarding several things: sugar, deeper issues with food, and even my caffeine consumption. I feel FILLED up and ready to face those giants with the Living WORD abiding in me. Jesus is so sweet! I pray that the revelations I gained during this time will not be choked by the temptations that I will face regarding eating, but that the LORD will do such a work that I will walk in victory more than I stumble. Truly, it is HIS work in me! As long as I keep my eyes on Jesus, I will not sink.



Well, my baby boy turned six yesterday! WOW!!!! Can't believe it! I have loads of pics to share and will do that on another blog, since I'm running out of time. Mary made a triple-layered "Best Chocolate Cake Ever" recipe! It looked AMAZING! It was a complicated recipe, but she did a FABULOUS job! I'm so proud of that little girl of mine! emoticon I'll share those pics later too. For now here is a picture of Sammy and Mary.

Mary playing dress up

My SWEET little baby boy.

Well, more later and SO good to be back. {{{{much love to all}}}}

Susan

  
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GOURMETLOSER 4/5/2012 3:43AM

    So pleased you have new insights. Isn't God Good!

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 4/1/2012 5:21PM

    Yes! Moderation sometimes so necessary. Thinking about how to connect on SparkPeople and still keep the time spent on it In The Box.

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KADULAC 4/1/2012 12:34AM

    It's great hearing from God. He is so much wiser than us.

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TERRIJ7 3/31/2012 4:12PM

    I loved reading this! It's always so good to hear about how the Lord is working in our lives!

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IMAVISION 3/31/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you for sharing how our ever faithful Abba is working in your life, Susan.

Your Mary & Sammy are such precious little beings!

Ima

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CYCLINGSANDY 3/31/2012 5:40AM

    Blessings to you and yours and you continually seek God's best for your life.

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SAL1512 3/31/2012 12:51AM

    I have been gone for awhile too! Your children's faces sure lit up my day!
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TERRI289 3/30/2012 7:33PM

    Wonderful, on all counts.... emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/30/2012 6:33PM

    Missed you, too, Susan. It's good to hear how God is blessing you in your walk with Him. Beautiful photos of Mary and Sammy. Happy belated birthday to Sammy!

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KMICHA 3/30/2012 6:09PM

    Awesome Susan!!! I have missed you and I have been wondering how it is going! God is so good! He will answer our prayers in His time and he will give us all that we need to do His will. emoticon

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MAMASUDS 3/30/2012 4:54PM

    So glad you are back with us. Love the pics of your kids. Thanks for sharing.

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PURPLELVR7 3/30/2012 2:56PM

    glad your back and that you really enjoyed the break

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PAMAPPLE 3/30/2012 2:30PM

    So glad to join you on this blog! May the Lord break any strongholds of food in your life. I find that with working and being around junk food, it is very hard for me to not overindulge! God will sustain you. Keep up the great work, my sweet friend!

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ABETTERSOUL 3/30/2012 1:22PM

    Aren't you glad that Jesus is our victory and that He has already won the battle...all we have to do is stand up with Him!!!
The Lord has been working on me also...with self-control issues. Sometimes I just eat and eat and eat the wrong foods.
Tell Sammy I said Happy Birthday!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/30/2012 11:34AM

    You are so very wise, luv! Listening can be so very difficult to do and there probably is no better way than being steeped in the word in a sacrificial way. “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” (Proverbs 19:20) “LISTEN TO my words, O Lord, give heed to my sighing and groaning.” (Psalm 5:1) “Listen carefully to my words; let your ears take in what I say.” (Job 13:17)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

May God’s great favor be with you and your dear family.

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GRACEISENUF 3/30/2012 11:15AM

    It's amazing how fasting brings such clarity to a situation/problem isn't it?

The pics of the children are so sweeeeeet!

Glad you are back Susan, I missed you!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/30/2012 10:27AM

    emoticon I just read a book about the person of the Holy Spirit and how He is able to impart power to accomplish what the Lord wants. So I believe that the revelations that God has given you will be enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You are an amazing wonderful woman and I see God on and in you daily. emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/30/2012 10:07AM

    God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Glad you had a wonderful break with Him!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/30/2012 9:53AM

    I give God ALL the glory for the good work He is doing in your life!
What a pleasure it is to serve Him.....I was just reading Romans 12:1-2 ....about presenting our bodies living sacrifices.
And here I see you posted a blog - what a beautiful living sacrifice YOU are, Susan!

May you experience victory in your life today as you face those challenges regarding eating...it's tough, but God is with you & in you.

love & emoticon ~ Laura

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AVANELL 3/30/2012 9:47AM

    So glad to hear that you coupled prayer with your fasting and then enjoyed the benefits of revelation knowledge! God wants to reveal to us His plan for success, but we often try everything that others say works, and forget to consult the Maker of our bodies! We were created for His glory and He knows best how to teach us how to achieve those results!

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God Bless!

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69NURSE 3/30/2012 9:37AM

    Glad you had the break you needed. God bless you in your journey.

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