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Why do I use 1 teaspoon of heavy whipping cream??

Monday, February 22, 2010

One of my girlfriends checks my Fitness Tracker daily - she says it motivates her and that I am killing her. Now that I know what she is doing, she might just kill me too!

Anyway, she asked, "what's with the teaspoon of heavy whipping cream I keep seeing in your Nutrition Tracker?"

Long story short - I use it in my coffee.

I cannot use milk, it always has tasted sour to me.

I can only use non-dairy creamers for a short time as they contain soy and it too starts to bother my stomach.

I was given 4 quarts of heavy whipping cream before Christmas and I experimented with it, trying it in my coffee one day. Low and behold, no sour taste and no more stomach ache!!
(I since tried half & half but it tasted sour to me, too much milk in it I guess.)

Through trial and error, I discovered that 1 tsp is all I need per cup! And I also found out I like my coffee diluted by almost half! Now I brew mine with less coffee and found I don't have to use the extra sweetening of the non-dairy creamer with it! One sweet'n'low and 1 tsp heavy cream and I can have 2 cups a day with no stomach problems!

So now for anyone else wondering - the mystery of the heavy whipping cream is solved!

FYI, half & half makes a really tasty cornbread and regular white bread! Just have to make sure you count the extra calories! emoticon

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MUFFIN350 3/1/2010 4:47AM

    I wanted to thank you for being so consistent in your nutrition trackers. I almost never see anyone post in the 1700-1900 range with a good variety of food here - it's like no one is eating like real human, and you are! And you look great! Thanks for making me believe it's possible.

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KALIGIRL 2/24/2010 1:35PM

    Thanks for the tip. Although I'm a died in the wool half & half fan, I'm having the family for Christmas and will have some on hand!

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    Last sentence, do you mean using it in cornbread recipe (like instead of milk)?

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LOPEYP 2/22/2010 7:52PM

    I'm not a coffee fan but the cream would go well on gingerbread. emoticon

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ASTORRES1 2/22/2010 6:59PM

    Whatever it takes.....and you found the combination that works for you!!!


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SPARKLYMOOSE 2/22/2010 4:52PM

    mmmm....cream is so delicious. I would rather have less of something great than more of something not so great anyway. I often find quality over quantity much more satisfying.

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KAROUSELL46 2/22/2010 4:22PM

    I might have to try that. I've been complaining for awhile now about my coffee. Even switched coffee pots. Taste kind of bitter or something. Thanks for the tip....Karen emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/22/2010 3:59PM

    Trust that you would stick with it until you found what works for you. As usual, good job!! Good persistence!

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    If you think that HWC is good in coffee, try it in some scrambled eggs instead of milk or water. can you say FLUFFY? LOL

Have FUN with your HWC

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EMILYBEMENT 2/22/2010 3:24PM

    I use half and half, but have thought about going back to heavy cream , I use less when I use it. I allow myself two cups of coffee each morning...my treat and that is not changing. One thing I will keep for me. I count my add ins or add ons, and I think a wee bit of fat is good for us too. Hmmm may look at using cream again, real soon.
Hugs, Em

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    You are such an inspiration! Thank you!!!! Leslie emoticon

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KNITTABLES 2/22/2010 2:53PM

    I like it in my coffee too!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/22/2010 2:43PM

    Sometimes a special thing like that just makes the day nicer.

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Rain rain go away...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

... but it didn't.

So I cleaned my oven and then did a 3 mile walk your belly flat!

Great workout!!

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CATHEITE 2/22/2010 9:03PM

    A great workout, and you got your oven sparkling to boot.

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KNITTABLES 2/22/2010 2:05PM

    good for you, you didn't let the rain stop you. WTG.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/22/2010 12:40PM

    Sounds like you had a productive day and did a good job on the oven.

It snowed here but the condition of our oven remains unchanged!

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SOPHIADARE 2/22/2010 7:35AM

    Good for you, Linda! It's hard to get motivated on those Rainy Days.

Back when I could put in 30 minutes on an elliptical trainer, I used to enjoy Brain Sync tapes with earphones and a "walkman" but it sounds like you've got what you need!

Way to go, lady, you've got the way to move on!

(Thanks, by the way, for the glue removal tip!)

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SLENDERELLA61 2/21/2010 9:34PM

    We had a gorgeous sunny day today. But then, I didn't get my oven cleaned! -Marsha

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IDEBORAH 2/21/2010 9:05PM

    I love that Leslie Sansone DVD. I'm currently working through the 4-mile "super express". And brag, brag, brag about oven cleaning. And my rain isn't going away either, so I guess I'll follow your lead and get to work.

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How do you motivate a motivator?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I just love coming up with "different" titles for blogs!

Y'all motivate me every time I read that I am helping someone.

Everybody's program is different, I am no exception. When I started Sparking for real back on March 27, 2008, I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew I had to give this my all.

I felt so stupid doing all the steps in Stage One and only missed doing the collage. Believe me, I have and had all the motivation anyone could ever need to lose this weight - every time I had to help my dad straighten out his 15 medicines I was re-motivated! When he started Dialysis on February 12, 2009, his 86th birthday, I looked at all the people and if you know anyone needing a reason to lose weight and eat better - visit a dialysis unit.

I have read that maintaining weight loss is difficult. No more difficult than breathing with a respirator or having to sit 3-1/2 hours 3 times each week to have your blood filtered.

I am sorry. I don't mean to sound depressing. This is my motivation. I cannot afford the medicines my dad takes daily and I cannot afford private health insurance - so my only alternative - my best alternative - is to remain as healthy as possible, which also means being at a normal weight.

Goodness me, give me a keyboard and I get on a soapbox! Back to "my program."

My Spark Program is of course, using the Nutrition & Fitness Trackers daily. But my program is also to give back to others what I have received here myself. My program is to encourage and support motivationally any members trying to lose this weight! My program is reading blogs, commenting on the friend feeds and offering a hug or a shove depending on what I perceive to be needed.

So now you know what motivates a motivator. Helping others. Every time I reach out to another member it reinforces my own program.

I never get tired of telling anyone that SparkPeople works!

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CATHEITE 2/22/2010 9:19PM

    Thanks for writing this. What you describe about your father's illness is sad but very powerful. Every day I see my mother carefully put out her dose of medications (8 different pills), and I think how I don't want that kind of future for me.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 2/22/2010 3:56PM

You have summed it all so well. My experience mirrors your comments.Validation. Helping others by deed or example is extremely rewarding. Seeing the hardship many endure (often unnecessarilly) reminds me of how grateful and blessed I am.
You touch so many in ways you will never know!
Best wishes as you continue your journey to health. emoticon

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TERI99 2/22/2010 12:03PM

    So true. I am helping to care for my MIL, who has many health issues, some of which my husbands deals with as well. Watching her struggle because she never took care of her health when she was younger is a huge motivator for both of us. I have a great-aunt who is about to turn 98. If I have to live that long, I want to feel good!

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EMMABE1 2/21/2010 2:08AM

    Interesting blog!!
I find that having to be up beat and positive to others - doesn't allow me to lose motivation. And on the occasions I get a bit overwhelmed - it doersn't last long with the motivation from my many friends in SP!!

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KRISFLOWER 2/21/2010 12:02AM

    Thanks for this post! I'm motivated because of similar reasons, heart disease, diabetes and chronic high blood pressure run on both sides of my family!

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TMCH1512 2/20/2010 9:43PM

    Very good points. Thanks for putting them down. Have an awesome weekend.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/20/2010 5:43PM

    Great post... I have similar motivation... don't want to be a burden or a worry for my son & his wife... so I'd better take care of me best I know how. And if I don't know how... learn!

Glad you're here!

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POLARBEARSCAT 2/20/2010 5:04PM

    You motivate me all the time! Thanks for continuing to blog even though you have reached your goals. It helps me to see your success both in your weight loss AND maintenance! Have a great day! emoticon

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ASTORRES1 2/20/2010 4:15PM

    You say like it is....the truth is always a good motivator....you speak the truth.


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LOPEYP 2/20/2010 4:11PM

    Linda - I am motivated by my fear of getting diabetes. My mother has it and it's a horrible disease. In her case it's "under control", controlled with oral medications but the damage has been done to her eyes. She has had numerous surgeries on her eyes and has difficulty seeing print. She's still able to get around and do for herself but she gets frustrated by little things that I take for granted like writing out checks, or checking instructions on frozen food.

It's tough to see our parents deal with this horrible disease and I say to all folks fighting the weight battle to wake up and take care of yourself before it's too late.

Sorry I'm on your soapbox emoticon.


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JENNY888 2/20/2010 3:09PM

    Thank you for publishing this blog. I really enjoyed it. It really puts the feelings of being a motivator in print.

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CICI510 2/20/2010 2:49PM

    You are definitely an inspiration to me :) I love all of your comments and how you continue to motivate me on a daily basis. Thank you for being you!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/20/2010 2:41PM

    Thanks Linda - from one who is motivated by you! I appreciate all your efforts and cheery encouragement.

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MSLZZY 2/20/2010 2:34PM

    You are an inspiration! My problems are minor and yet, you keep on going! Do the best you can and I am here for you! emoticon

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I am in a holding pattern...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lately I am having trouble motivating some people around me. I think this is because I am now in a holding pattern - this is what maintaining feels like today. It becomes more difficult to remember how it was to be trying to lose 90 pounds. Really, I lost 2 lbs per week, sometimes 1/10th lb per day. I wrote them all down and gradually lost 90 pounds forever. But I did it One Day At A Time.

I am now living like people I envied all my life - people who only had to worry about 2-3 lbs at any given time. Envy really isn't the right word - I truly never envied anyone - my mother brought me up to know that everyone has problems - I just don't know what word to use.

We all have different problems but they are all very real to each of us.

As I found My Spark, I have lost touch with my past weight problems. I have found mostly healthier alternatives in my living day to day. I am at peace with myself. I like who I see in the mirror. And I am forgiving of my occasional slips in my food choices - because life goes on.

I will continue to be here to try to help anyone asking for assistance.

SparkPeople really does work - Keep Coming Back. Work the Spark Program starting with Stage One.

SparkPeople Works!!

Thank you everybody. I do so want everyone to reach their goal weight. If I can help to encourage you - I will be here for you! This works because we each help others!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/20/2010 8:21PM

    You've been tremendously inspiring to me, Linda! My struggles and outlook are different than when I was 80 pounds heavier, but I know I can lose it easily. I must recommit every day.

Is there someone in particular in your life you are trying to influence and only meeting frustration? Wow, do I know that feeling. I have a 24 year old nephew who is more than 100 pounds over weight and he has no interest in fitness. How sad! I've tried, but you can't do it for someone else, no matter how hard you want to. My husband it diabetic, has had heart trouble, and could stand to lose 25-30 pounds. He does no regular exercise. He does not appreciate my efforts and has no desire to eat or exercise like I do. It is frustrating. Very frustrating. Are you in this same boat?

Then there are people in my life who do understand, who are interested in making similar changes, and who look to me as a role model. It is so cool!! I love helping someone else get started and I love helping someone keep on keeping on. I love helping someone pick up and try again. Forgive yourself and move on. That's what it takes - not perfection, but determination! And sometimes it is SparkFriends who I get to try to motivate. And some really respond.

Linda, you are a big, big motivator. Keep on keeping on. Do your program. Help others who listen. Some days the beauty of the whole thing will just be obvious. On other days, you just put one foot in front of the other. Keep up your great work of inspiring us all! It really matters.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/20/2010 7:25PM

    I have a sneaking suspicion that "maintenance" will have a different feeling different days. Of course I'm relatively new to maintenance!

Some days like the holding pattern you describe, some days like you're flying, and a few precious ones like you just landed at a wonderful destination. Here's to making it through the holding pattern ones, enjoying the flying ones, and being at peace with the destination days!


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HEALTHY4SPRING 2/20/2010 11:20AM

    Yes, please stay with us and keep sparking! You may not realize it, but everyday you maintain is an inspiration to us and proof that it can be done!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/19/2010 12:27PM

    I recognise what you're saying about a holding pattern and the change in mindset.

I think you probably underestimate how much you motivate others though. One of the things about the Spark is that so many people influence and inspire others in ways that they don't always realise.

I always think of you having trodden the path in front of me and you continue to help me as you set an example and offer encouragement.

Thank you Linda.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/19/2010 10:46AM

    We need your Linda. Keep holding on. emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/19/2010 7:45AM

    You've done an excellent job on a very long journey. You are an inspiration! I want to be just like you!

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SOPHIADARE 2/19/2010 6:59AM

    I notice that you enjoy "Walk Away the Pounds" to help you keep a pace that works for you. My sister likes those. She finds them helpful, too. She also finds that it can make walking in place inside more interesting in the winter "when it shivers" even if she isn't walking in Paris. Good for you for focusing on the switch to maintenance strategies! Hooray for Linda!

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LOPEYP 2/19/2010 5:37AM

    Linda, Your holding pattern is your life! You did it - you got back to healthy. We are envious of you. I would love to be at my goal weight now but know that through SP I will reach my goal this time - after 20 years of trying. Keeping on doing what you are doing and thanks for all the encouragement and motivation. - Diane
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KNITTABLES 2/19/2010 2:51AM

    Yes sparks does work and sometimes you will be in that holding pattern but soon the air will shift and you will start losing weight again. Hang in there.

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ASTORRES1 2/19/2010 12:17AM

    I don't think there is anything wrong with a holding pattern. You should be so proud of yourself and all the hard work you have done. Congrats to you!!!You are an inspiration to me.


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CATHEITE 2/18/2010 10:51PM

    You're a continual source of inspiration for me! Maintaining has plenty of highs and lows, and it's nice to see how others are coping along the way. I also enjoy reading your blogs about issues other than weight, like fitness.

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GRALLEN 2/18/2010 9:04PM

    You being here on Spark is motivating. So many ppl like you and enjoy reading your blogs and posts.

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/18/2010 8:19PM

    Linda, You continue to motivate me just by blogging every day. I get to see how happy you are in your new size and how well you have fit into a regular living . I guess there aren't too many personal whoo hoo moments for you now but I think you can live those moments through your friends here and that will motivate them to go on. You are now and always have been a great friend and I count myself lucky to be your friend.


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I am doing good!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yesterday and today I got my freggies and managed a small calorie deficit.

101 cardio minutes yesterday, 87 cardio minutes today!

This a.m. 122.2 so I am definitely on the road again...

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Weight fluctuated today but I ate my veggies!! Tomorrow is another day!!

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CATHEITE 2/17/2010 3:20PM

    Atta girl! I knew you'd do it!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/17/2010 3:00PM

    Good for you Linda!!

Getting back on the road is such a big test - and you passed with flying colours!!

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LOPEYP 2/17/2010 8:07AM

    emoticon Glad to hear it!

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GONE2BEACH101 2/17/2010 7:52AM

    Good for you!! I think a lot of us get the winter blues...and need to get our self-control back.... emoticon

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MONGO2TEN 2/17/2010 6:33AM

    Very good. I'm back on track too and feeling so much better and healthier. Amazing isn't it?

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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/16/2010 10:08PM

    You've come a long way on this road and you're doing great!
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So glad to have you for a friend.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/16/2010 9:49PM

    Yes YOu ARE!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRALLEN 2/16/2010 9:44PM

    Good girl!!

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SKYELINER 2/16/2010 8:50PM

    You encourage me! :-)

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/16/2010 8:16PM

    Way to go! Keep that motivation going!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/16/2010 8:03PM

    emoticon I never doubted that you would get it back!! Congrats again. I think you've about got maintenance licked when you can get it back at will!! Very good going!

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MXXOXXM 2/16/2010 7:44PM

    We are all traveling the road with you! Keep on truckin'!

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