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Giving up in a good way

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I realized today that I haven't had a bag of chips in a couple of weeks. I was always that person that needed something crunchy in my lunch. It was always chips - potato chips, Fritos, Doritos, Cheetos. I figured it was only a hundred calories, and it was within my daily calorie limit, so why not.

Then I read a book by Dr. Fuhrman "Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right". I don't consider myself an expert at nutrition, but I have been learning a lot by reading the articles on SP. It is amazing what this book claims that eating right can do for our children and the damage that poor eating can do to us as adults when we have eaten poorly as children.

This book really inspired me to read and educate myself more on what kinds of fuel our bodies need. I have been proving to myself over and over how awful a morning workout is after a night of eating pizza. I know from first hand experience that eating better gives me results in how well my body performs.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to stop buying those little packages of chips that moms are putting in kids lunches. I was eating them more than my daughter anyway. I started packing a handful of nuts instead - still getting the crunch and a little bit of salt to satisfy that crunchy need at lunch.

I can't say that I am losing more weight by this swap, but I do in general feel better. My daily lunch almost totally consists of whole foods - fruit, veggies, nuts, and little peanut butter sandwich. I have so much more energy. My mind is able to work through logic problems better as well (I am a programmer, so this is a definite plus).

There it is - I have given up chips. Freedom from chips!


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COOKIE352 6/2/2013 9:41AM


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PEGSTOLZ 5/28/2013 6:41PM

    Yes I am guilty of a similar thing, lately I have been getting a large bag of cheese doodles!!! But now it's summer- I will stop bringing home the junk food and go back to healthier crunchy stuff - I like carrots and peanut butter, nuts and craisins together, popcorn, cheese and crackers, fresh melon, string cheese... Thanks for the extra inspiration!

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Talking about exercise

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I have been hearing talk about exercise from many different sources. PBS just did a special on it... Daily Spark had an article about it... My family is talking about it.

There seems to be this misconception that exercise alone will allow you to lose weight. I tried that. It REALLY didn't work. I gained about 10 pounds. Since my diet wasn't under control, I ate whatever I wanted because I felt like I worked hard exercising. I was giving myself permission to overeat. Last year, when I realized that I was not going to magically get skinny the same way I had magically gotten overweight, I decided I needed to fix things.

Exercise is so much easier for me than eating right, so I tried that first. I am a very picky eater and I didn't like many fruits and veggies. Exercise had some great benefits for me, but losing weight wasn't one of them. My back strength is greatly improved. I can climb stairs more easily and not get so winded. I have tons more energy, and I am happier.

My tidbit of advice... by all means start a doctor approved exercise program, just don't rely on exercise alone. You have to change the way you eat to really lose weight.

Changing the way I eat has gotten me down 15 pounds. 15 pounds in 7 weeks. emoticon


Throwing food away

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I just finished breakfast. I don't normally eat breakfast on the Naturally Slim program I am on, but I woke up an hour early this morning and was hungry.

I have mentioned before that this is not a diet. I can eat whatever I want, except for sugar and milk. I was eating a Sausage McMuffin and a handful of peanuts. Part of the program is to stop eating when you are satisfied - not full, satisfied. It should also take you at least 25 minutes to eat - if it doesn't then you are chewing too fast. It hasn't always been easy to figure out when I am satisfied. I still over eat most meals.

This morning while I was eating the peanuts, I realized that I was done. I don't feel full, but I feel not hungry anymore. There were still a few peanuts left. I sat there and thought "I shouldn't throw those peanuts away." I am at work and don't have any baggies or safe way to store them. Then I realized that I can either throw them in the trash or throw them away in my stomach. Is it worth a few cents to make more fat in my body? NO!!!!!!!


I threw them away in the trash.

I don't seem to have this problem when I eat out. I don't mind not taking home leftovers; I never seem to be able to heat it up and have it taste like it did in the restaurant. Sure, send the food back with the waiter and have them throw it away. That is no problem.

At home, it is another story. I feel like I have equated food with money, and I HATE wasting money. Eating out is more about the experience than the food. At home, it is about the food. This is a big breakthrough for me. I should start asking myself this question more.

Do I want to throw that food away in my stomach and make fat, or do I want to throw it in the trash? It is perfectly okay to trash it.

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AKATHLEEN54 3/27/2013 11:15AM

    Someone once wrote a quote that went something like "Don't treat your body like a garbage can" I like the idea that maybe you can put the extras in a baggie or something but when all is said and done compared to the amount of food that is thrown away every day a few peanuts here are there are not going to make a difference. Trash in the trash or trash in your body? You made the right call. I've heard about that plan before. I think it has a great concept, for one we all eat too fast.... taking 25 minutes to eat would definitely give your body response time to realize.... hey, he just fed me now don't you feel better. We as a society tend to do everything on the go including fueling our bodies and we don't even give it a chance to realize that we have eaten before we are reaching for something else that we really don't need. With the price of food I totally understand about not wanting to throw food away so I guess maybe we should eat less and then if we are still hungry then grab a little more or invest in a lot of baggies!! LOL! Good luck with your plan! emoticon

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Turning 40

Friday, March 22, 2013

I have heard before that over the hill starts around 40. I am turning 40 tomorrow and I feel better than I did years ago. I am taking care of my body by working out and eating better. I have lost 12 pounds from my heaviest weight ever and this is going to be one awesome year as I get closer to my goal weight.

I celebrate every year on my birthday because I have made it one more year. I don't allow people to make me feel bad about getting older. I have been given the gift of one more year with this life, with my friends and family. One more year to enjoy and feel how good it is to be alive. emoticon

I have not always felt this way. When I turned 20, I thought I was dying, because that is around the age when the body stops growing and starts to "decline". At least that is what I thought back then. In my 20s I went through a bout of depression that lasted a few years. I guess that is what I needed to learn how to experience joy and fulfillment in my life.

This is going to be my best decade ever. So let's celebrate. emoticon

"There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you
Come on now

Let's all celebrate and have a good time
We gonna celebrate and have a good time"
- Celebration, Kool & The Gang

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NANNABLACK 3/22/2013 5:18PM


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LALMEIDA 3/22/2013 12:06PM

  emoticon When I turned 40 I said it was the new 20.

I love being in my forties!

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THOMASINA57 3/22/2013 11:32AM

    I loved my 40's... my motto was fit at 40... then when 50 was approaching, I changed my motto to fabulous at 50 and now I'm 57, arthritic and still loving life..

Great Blog..

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DRB13_1 3/22/2013 11:11AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon wishes all year long!

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What I know about Sugar

Sunday, March 17, 2013

For 3 weeks I mostly avoided sugars in my diet, because I am following the Naturally Slim program. I ate fruit, but no candy, sodas, ice cream, cookies, or cake. I felt pretty good. My energy felt normal to high. I was sleeping well. My workouts didn't completely drain my of energy and I felt strong when they were over.

This week I have allowed myself to have some sugar - ice cream and candy. Yesterday I had the most candy I have had in a month - almost a cup of little mini candy bars. I slept poorly last night. I felt like I was getting sick this morning when I woke up. I had a slight sore throat and my sinuses feel heavy. I feel like I have little to no energy. What happened?

It had to be the sugar. Sugar is an inflammatory agent in our blood. It causes the insulin in our blood stream to rise which lowers our immune response (white blood cell counts can be reduced by 92% for up to 5 hours). Sugar causes the cholesterol in our blood to rise as well. It has no vitamins, minerals, or other micronutrients. When our cells are full of sugar and insulin, it makes fat. The only "beneficial" thing about sugar is that it tastes good.

It is not worth it. Those extra calories are not worth the detrimental effects of sugar. I am not going to give up on sugar forever. I will eat chocolate occasionally, but eating it 2, 3, 4 times per week is definitely off the table. No more feeling awful in the morning, no more raising my cholesterol, no more letting sugar have its way in my body.

FYI - I am down 10 pounds (in 4 weeks) from my heaviest weight ever, so this Naturally Slim program is definitely working for me.

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JOS4EVER 3/17/2013 11:33AM

    Great job on the weight loss. emoticon emoticonThanks for sharing. Sugar is definitely bad for us. Fresh fruits are so good for us. Keep doing what your doing; because it works! Congratulations.

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MAUREENIE1 3/17/2013 11:22AM

    Thank you for the blog. Good for you for cutting down on sugar. I also have noticed that I can not tolerate sugar. It makes such a difference in my weight. Keep up the good work.

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