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Friday, April 09, 2010

1. I do not need to drink sodas.
Mt. Dew was my addiction, not diet either. I'm of the opinion that real sugar is better for you than chemicals. In the past I had set rules for my soda habit. I was allowed one a day. I know now that even that one is too much. Plus I would deceive myself that I was cutting back because my one could be any size. I would justify a 44 oz because fountain drinks are more watered downed than bottles.
Water is my drink of choice 90% of the time now.

2. I cannot eyeball a measurement.
Besides still having to check what a serving size is, I still have a difficult time visualizing 1/2 or 1/4 cup. I just ordered the SP portion-sizing magnet. My measuring cups are used regularly. I also have a ladle that I use quite often and have measured several times but I still can't see that it holds the sane amount as 1/2 cup.
For now I'll just keep on measuring.
3. My health is important.
I'm divorced and the mother of two grown sons. As with a lot of moms, I put my family and household before myself. I put my schedule last. My needs were put last after everything else was done. A few years ago was the first time I had lived completely by myself. I began doing some soul searching to figure out what I truly enjoy doing. Most of the things I want to do I didn't have enough energy to do.
32 lbs down and that is changing.

4. I am eating CLEAN
I find it easier to measure and track my nutrition if I know exactly what is in it. I buy fresh food or single item foods. No more pre-packaged foods. Then I saw a blog on SP that called this CLEAN eating. I like it. I didnít realize how much sodium was in the pre-packaged foods and I couldnít figure out why I was retaining water. WellÖ I was taking Lean Cuisine for lunch daily (thought it was healthy). Then a friend suggested that was my problem; I looked at the sodium content and that was the end of those lunches.
I put more thought into packing my lunches and it is so worth it. I feel so much better.

5. I make less bad food choices
While I donít deny myself anything, I choose to eat less of the less nutritional food. I find that after eating greasy, sugary foods, I feel yucky. My energy level drops and the food just seems to sit in my stomach forever. And, when I do eat that cookie, a few minutes later the flavor is gone and Iím left wondering why I ate it. I could have so many other things that would have contributed to my health and aided my journey to a healthier person.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MIMULUSBUG 7/20/2010 3:51PM

    Hey girl, I saw that you crossed 10,000 fitness points (congrats by the way). Anyway I thought I better stop by your page and see what you've been up too; which of course led me to this blog. Very wise stuff! Thanks for the post.

Also wondering where you go to get the Spark magnet you noted???


PS Please consider swinging by the Arden Library next Tuesday to do a show & tell about this magnet... inquiring minds want to see;

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SAL1512 5/18/2010 7:09PM

    What an informative blog!

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UNORABBY 4/14/2010 11:49AM

    Great blog about what you have learned, I learned the same factors about food in the past couple of years ago, and I too made excuses for being the same size. My realization of needing to get fit had been coming for years. I am confident that we can do this journey together and I am so proud of you, I have already lost 2 inches in my thighs, 1 inch in my arms and 1 inch in my waist line.

Thank you for helping me to my path to a healthier me.

God Bless!



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SPARKMYWAY47 4/14/2010 1:21AM

    You sound so much like me, the soda, oh it is like a drug to me, coca cola and pepsi. I can not drink diet because I too don' like chemicals. You are doing great. Keep on inspiring. Sincerely, Laura emoticon

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FITKAT2010 4/11/2010 9:20AM

    And I also would gamble that there are other things, emotional issues, that you are also tackling.

Good job!

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NANC304 4/9/2010 8:53PM

    Great job!

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VEGEFARMER 4/9/2010 3:44PM

    Good on you. Soda is my downfall as well. Keep going your doing great.

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ELSEEBEE 4/9/2010 2:49PM

    emoticon You are doing emoticon Keep on doing the clean eating. The longer I do it the less I find "unhealthy" foods appetizing.

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My first ever blog

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ok, I have a tendency to procrastinate. I began using SP about 3 1/2 months ago and I'm guilty of not yet writing a blog. Iíve been meaning to get it done. Maybe I need to figure out how to incorporate procrastination as a goal. Any suggestions?

Iíve already come to realize several things about myself, but Iíll get to that later. I just started reading the spark and already he hit my problem dead on. I'm not accountable to anyone except myself. And I am more than capable of deceiving myself. That is how I gained so much weight in the first place. I would watch the scale go up, but when I looked in the mirror, turn the right way, I wasn't that big. I felt pictures lied after all, the camera adds pounds.

It wasn't until I was getting out of breath tying my shoes and the scale hit 230 (my all time high) that I knew there were some immediate changes I had to make.
The first thing I did was look for an iPhone app to track how much I eat. There is a lengthy list to choose from. Well free is hard to resist so that narrowed the options. I checked out a few of them and liked that SP could not only track my food but provided daily ranges to meet. Plus track my physical activity and water intake. I had no idea there was a massive support system backing up my phone app. What a bonus!

Now I'm on SP daily. I have learned so much from reading articles and playing trivia. Lol I don't have a great overall score but that is just that much more I need to know. I'm slowing starting to learn how best to navigate the site. My only regret is the limited time that I have to keep up with all of it.

Thanks for creating such a great community!

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MIMULUSBUG 3/31/2010 11:17AM

Great blog!

I am a huge procrastinator & self-deceiver; so I "fall down alot". I love to do the trivia (because I learn so much; LOL!!) My all time high for wrong answers was 6! Part of me felt stupid; but then the other part of me said 'hey, you learned a few things today!'.

Keep up the great work.

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MISS_VIV 3/28/2010 10:32AM

    Congratulations on your first blog. It is good to see you losing some weight and sticking to your guns. You will go far.
You are doing a great job. We are happy to have you here.

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POP-POP 3/27/2010 11:12PM

    Great 1st. blog!...I have only posted 1 blog and I've been with SP a long time!Keep up the good work!


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COOLMAMA11 3/27/2010 7:01PM

    Good Luck on your journey..don't over-whelm yourself, make small goals and meet them, then start on steps is right!


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SAL1512 3/27/2010 6:03PM

    Baby steps, that is all it takes. Small changes here and there and pretty soon you are on the road to a healthy life style. Everyone is so glad you discovered Sparks.

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