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Victory, Good Cause, Exercise Progress

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I ran the Hope for Haiti 5K this morning with my nephew and niece. We watched a video after about Haiti, met people who work there full time and local people who go quarterly to support a school there. It was very inspirational and I was glad to support the effort.

My motivation before I went, though, was to support my nephew. He dropped 30 pounds in the 3 weeks before he was hospitalized for diabetic acidosis about 3 months ago with blood sugar over 650. Since he came out of the hospital he hasn't lost much more weight, but he has totally changed the way he eats, walks many miles a day, does Crossfit regularly, and has learned to control his blood sugar. He is totally off insulin and pills now. He goes to Weight Watcher meetings with me and hopes to lose 70 more pounds. My niece did the 5K, too. She has run with me before, but hasn't been running regularly since her marriage in April. She paced him and reported he did eight running intervals. I snapped pictures of them crossing the finish line, but haven't yet figured out how to download the pictures on my laptop. He finished 3.1 miles in less than 48 minutes. When he first started walking the lake(2.84 miles) it took him over an hour, so he's made lots of progress. Will try to edit their pictures in later or post tomorrow.

My time was around 30 minutes, maybe 29:59 or 30:00 or 30:01; I'll know for sure when it is posted online, possibly with pictures, in a day or two. This was the first 5K I've run since March of 2012. For the last year I've trained for greater distance. This was my 8th 5K, since my first in January 2011. I've run 4 5Ks under 30 minutes and 3 over before this one. So I was way off my PR of 28:28. I started too fast and had to take several walk breaks in the first half mile. When I heard my time was 9:40 at the first mile, I felt much better and settled down, running the whole rest of the way. At 2 miles I was at 18:25, I think, or was it 19:25?? I was thinking it was a negative split, but I'm now doubting myself. Anyway, even though it was not my best race, I did place first in my age group, which is my first FIRST PLACE medal!

My hubby took this picture of me with my age group medal after I got home:



(You can see that we have not had a freeze here this year yet and the bougainvilla is still blooming.)

So I refuse to be disappointed with my time. I'll just celebrate the victory for me, the money for Haiti, and the exercise progress of my dear nephew!!

  
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    That's what it's all about, isn't it? Helping and encouraging others who need it.

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    Great job!

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    Congratulations on your first place medal. Also congrats on motivating family members to take the healthy lifestyle journey as well.

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  It's great your supporting him and a good cause.

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    That's terrific! Congrats!

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CHARTHESTAR 1/21/2013 12:26AM

    Congratulations on you first place!

If you really had done it like the other ones- you might have made a lot of people feel bad. You don't need to break your own record every time. There are some days it is just fine to do it!

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AMYABELL 1/20/2013 11:32PM

    You rock!

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FATHINSN 1/20/2013 11:22PM

    WooHoo for finishing, especially your first 1st place, congrats :D I hope your nephew is getting much better!

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  awesome, keep up the good work.

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MARYJEANSL 1/20/2013 5:08PM

  Congrats to you, and to your nephew too!

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MANILUS 1/20/2013 4:52PM

    Great job on your 1st place medal and doing so well in your age group! My husband's software is running at Hope for Haiti and he is a Haitian.

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ROCKYCPA 1/20/2013 3:36PM

    Congratulations - what a great accomplishment. You should be so proud of yourself!

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SJKENT1 1/20/2013 3:33PM

    You have lot's to celebrate!! congratulations

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CROWLEY123 1/20/2013 2:23PM

    Disappointed?? You should be bursting with pride! It is certainly not about the time you go, but about the time you gave! Wonderful.

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KARRENLYNN 1/20/2013 2:23PM

    You both should be proud of your accoumplishments! Running for a great cause and and supporting your nephew is a great thing. It's not as important how fast you finish, but that you finish.

You look great with your medal in front of your beautiful flowers!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 1/20/2013 2:05PM

    emoticon well done what a wonderful reason to run, my friend has just signed me up for a 5k run in may this year, we will be raising money for Cancer Reserch UK.

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    Congratulations on all counts!!! How wonderful! :)

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The Elephant in the Room

Friday, January 18, 2013

Did you notice I didn't blog yesterday? It was a usual day of child care and cooking for family. I went to the gym. Gwen stayed in the nursery for an hour while I ran. Good workout! Think my knee is fine now. I have a little soreness from my new SP strength training workout I did the day before. She and I played actively together outside. I showered at home while she napped. Made a new recipe that is pretty healthy and was very well received by hubby, son in law, and 5 year old granddaughter, which is kind of unusual for pretty healthy recipes I try. I tracked my food and made a lot of healthy choices. My "no intense sweets" streak is still in tact, having done better in this area than I have done in years -- maybe ever. Sounds like a successful day, doesn't it?

Only, I'm leaving out the elephant in the room. No, it isn't me!! I'm still a size 4 sitting here. Last night I just gave myself permission to overeat. My problem was that I woke up at 3 am yesterday (like I had the night before, too) and ate way too many of my calories and didn't leave enough for the rest of the day. And at 10 o'clock last night I was way too hungry to sleep. So I ate 3 cups of dry corn flakes, a blood orange from my neighbor's yard, and 2 T of sunflower seeds and I didn't log them because I didn't want to and I didn't care. And I broke my streak of days eating within my calorie range. (I made a new record since counting = 14 days.) But after I broke my streak I wanted to cry.

Crying doesn't help; figuring out what went wrong helps. When I woke up this morning in the middle of the night, I remembered what WalkingAnnie taught me and I kept my eyes closed and eventually I went back to sleep. I got a good night's sleep and started my day with all my calories in front of me. I have started my streak again. I'm going to blog even when I'm not feeling really proud of myself, because I'm going to face it and not hide. (Thanks, Barb, for your blog that helped me make that choice.) I have a 5K to run tomorrow and my nephew is going to join me. I'm going to eat to run today!! It will be a good, healthy day.


  
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FROSTY99 1/19/2013 9:32PM

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AQUAGIRL08 1/19/2013 8:53PM

    Congratulations on making a better choice! I hope you and Martin have a great run!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/19/2013 12:02PM

    I just read about your 5K award before this. At least you overate healthy food, not absolute junk. A new streak begins!

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KANOE10 1/19/2013 9:02AM

    You are so right. The time to be accountable is when you have slips. Good for you posting about an elephant that we all deal with. Great job of getting back on track. Today is a new day. Hope you have a good run!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/19/2013 7:22AM

    Don't beat yourself up...just jump back in with both feet. You are a wonderful person and a wonderful emoticon

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_LINDA 1/19/2013 12:25AM

    Lacking sleep is terrible. I hope you can do better with it and it will follow you will have better control over the food. Two of my biggest inspirations struggling in the same week, but also showing us the path to recovery. I wish I could be there to cheer you on in your race! You will rock it!!!

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RUN4FOOD 1/18/2013 9:43PM

    Sounds like you learned a few lessons. Congratulations!
A few more small steps on your road to success.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/18/2013 8:59PM

    You faced the elephant and worked through it's ramifications. I'm glad you are back on target today beginning another streak. Best wishes as you carry on.

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WATERMELLEN 1/18/2013 8:05PM

    It happens. And we move on. (But it's tough. But we do it anyway!)

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MIRAGE727 1/18/2013 4:49PM

    I can appreciate where you are coming from, Marsha! Thank you so much for sharing! Looking forward o hearing about your run!
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ONEKIDSMOM 1/18/2013 4:32PM

    Good for you. I find if I recognize I'm searching for my "give a d*" at the bottom of a bag of chips, something's definitely WRONG. (I have yet to find it, there, by the way).

Everyone has been so supportive. If I just go away and don't say anything, I don't feel balance, either. Thus, the confessional.

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MEXGAL1 1/18/2013 1:06PM

    Well Miss Marsha, it is good to know you are not "perfect" either. Just a little slip up but you know how to recover and can do so. I know you will move past this little burb.
Have a terrific day!

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NATPLUMMER 1/18/2013 12:50PM

    LAck of sleep will make you hungry....it's hormonal.

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CELIAMINER 1/18/2013 12:21PM

    My last streak lasted 3 whole days. Glad you're not beating yourself up and instead starting a new streak.

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GABY1948 1/18/2013 12:01PM

    Good for you! And, yes, I did miss your blog yesterday...your blogs I can always count on. Good GOING...get back on that horse! We all do it! HUGS

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KANDOLAKER 1/18/2013 10:34AM

    Nice getting back on your streak. As least you are now carbed-up for your 5K! Best wishes to you!

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AMANDAROX 1/18/2013 9:23AM

    Nice work! We all falter our plans once in a while. Best to forgive ourselves and keep trying!

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/18/2013 9:20AM

    Best wishes for a great run tomorrow. Have fun.

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MSLZZY 1/18/2013 9:18AM

    I think I feel worse when I disappoint others. But I can make it work for me by doing better and remembering I am only human, not Wonder Woman. Give yourself a pat of the back because you DID have a great streak. HUGS!

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Pineapple Salsa Mahi-Mahi

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Maybe it is Mirage272's incredible culinary creations, or maybe it is the fun Natalie and I have been having with the Kids in the Kitchen cookbook. Or it could be that the At Goal & Maintaining Plus Transition to Maintenance Team's "What's Cooking, Good Looking?" has gotten to me. Probably it is the combination. Suddenly I feel inspired to try some new recipes.

Tonight I made Pineapple Salsa Mahi-Mahi. Yummy! Here it is in the pan:


Here is a generous serving on my plate:


Incidentally, I entered the recipe in SparkRecipes, but didn't realize that the ingredient list didn't appear as part of the recipe, so it makes no sense -- and I don't see a way to edit. Oh, well.

And, while I'm posting pictures taken with my new Christmas camera, here is one of my inspirations, Chef Natalie creating her delicious Banana Boats:



And Natalie with her reknowned Snow on the Roof:



And, last, but not least, here's Gwen enjoying her portion of Snow on the Roof:



Wishing you delicious, healthy food in wise portions, and great health!!!

(Don't worry. Gwen doesn't usually have so much hair in her eyes. And she's getting her first hair cut at DisneyLand in just a couple weeks. Natalie did and it was a great experience!)


Edit: I fixed the recipe! It now makes sense. You go to your recipe box and there is an edit button to the right of the recipe name there. I would have never found it without help. Thanks, SparkFriends!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/19/2013 8:47PM

    I'm impressed with your culinary creations. Your presentation is great which makes it nice to look at plus, a more enjoyable eating experience. Way to go!

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-AMANDA79- 1/19/2013 11:33AM

    WOW! That recipe looks delicious!
WOW! Those kids are adorable!

Thanks so much for participating in the game!
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MIRAGE727 1/18/2013 2:47PM

    Uh, who's MIRAGE272?
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Your Babies are adorable! Gwen has the same culey hair as Gianna. Gotta love it! And it looks like Natalie is an artist and a chef! Outstanding! I think we have it easy because of those Babies! I can tell they love you!
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The Mahi looks yummo! I love any kind of Salsa. It always completes any plate and you can make it with your fave fruits. D loves pineapple too! I gotta do a fish platter next week.
Great cookin', Marsha!

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NATPLUMMER 1/17/2013 1:01PM

    Yum! Cute :-)

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GABY1948 1/17/2013 12:45PM

    What sweet babies! I am going right now to see the recipe and save it! Thanks...have a GREAT week! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 1/17/2013 9:40AM

    Just love the photos Marsha and the girls are just beautiful. What a great thing you are doing with cooking with them. I remember my Grammy so fondly as she let me do a lot of cooking when I was growing up. Your fish looks delicious. I wish I liked to cook more....just doesn't seem to interest me.
Have a terrific day.
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MSLZZY 1/17/2013 7:18AM

    Lots of fun and good eating!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/17/2013 5:56AM

    What a great time you must have had!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 1/17/2013 2:57AM

    What a pair of cuties and you're getting them cooking early, great practice for eating well as they grow up. The food looks amazing!

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PMFISH 1/16/2013 10:47PM

    The Mahi Mahi looks delicious. Nothing like making memories with the GC. They are adorable.

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_LINDA 1/16/2013 10:22PM

    What a pair of sweeties!! So great you are getting them involved in food preparation at such a young age -bet they will be great cooks when they grow up!
Way to go trying out new recipes!!!

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DJ4HEALTH 1/16/2013 9:37PM

    Just cute children and I agree that you should be able to edit the recipe that you put in. I have done that a couple of times and could not edit it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/16/2013 9:02PM

    Are you SURE Gwen isn't related to Shirley Temple? Curly Top, so cute! Hope her first haircut is the best experience ever!

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JOYINKY 1/16/2013 8:27PM

    What a delight your kitchen must be! Some of the best of times are cooking with grandkids! The girls are beautiful!!

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WATERMELLEN 1/16/2013 8:15PM

    Oh my goodness: those little girls are ADORABLE!!

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Continuing Good

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Doing good:

* "No intense sweets" streak still on track - fully on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, & 14th, plus half of the 9th and half of today. So, either 5 or 6 days depending on how you count it.

* "Staying within calorie range" streak is going strong: today is 14th day!!

* Walked 4.75 miles in 65 minutes today. Knee is recovering from freak accident with dog running into me. Should be able to run my scheduled morning 5K on Saturday the 19th. We'll see. Modifying exercise schedule for recovery.

* I've made it to 200 weeks of maintaining at or below my Weight Watcher's goal. Working to get back to where I am maintaining an 86 pound weight loss! Plan to celebrate 208 weeks in a big way -- that's 4 years!!




  
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RUNNERRACHEL 1/16/2013 10:30AM

    Nice work!! Hope your knee is ok. I have had knee issues lately. I also have a 5k on the 19th! Hoping I can do the race as well.

Did you see you were featured on the SparkPeople Facebook page?? This is what they said on Monday:

Have trouble being consistent with your healthy-living goals? Try this tip from SparkPeople member SLENDERELLA61: "When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc." What's your best tip for staying motivated?

Great job on all you're doing. SparkPeople has noticed what an incredible motivator you are!

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MEXGAL1 1/16/2013 10:00AM

    totally awesome! 4 years is simply wonderful...good for you!

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You are doing really well! Sorry you suffered another injury setback :(( How that brings back memories of going to the off leash dog park. I don't think anyone there escaped getting run down by dogs not looking where they were going, misjudging the distance as they race by you chasing other dogs :P Unfortunately, my Mom suffered the worst injury, getting clipped on her knee, buckling it and sending her flying into a ditch where she landed on her wrist,breaking it badly :( But she doesn't blame the dog, knowing what they are like, it wasn't intentional. She is a true dog lover! Some dogs like to lean into you as a sign of affection. I had one do that and he pushed my knee sideways and I heard something go click, and boy was I hobbling around for a few months after that :P But you do have to love the big galoots, no pet gives more affection!
I hope you heal fast and are able to do the run!

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WATERMELLEN 1/15/2013 7:55PM

    Wow: I'd call this "superb" rather than merely "good"!!

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MIRAGE727 1/15/2013 6:27PM

    Outstanding report, Marsha! Solid time on that 4.75 miles as well!
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    YOU are a true inspiration! Good on you and here's to many, many more great successes!



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Sweet Challenge

Monday, January 14, 2013

I've made it four whole days with absolutely no intense sweets - no sugar, no honey, no syrup (diet or otherwise), no Splenda/Equal/Sweet n Low/saccharine, no raisins/dried fruit, no sugar free pudding, no sugar free ice cream, and no juice. When you understand that other than 2 times when I tried for several weeks to reduce my artificial sweetener use (and ended up using more regular sweeteners), I have been using large amounts of artificial sweeteners for many years. I substituted an artificial sweetener habit for a sugar habit. I could control my weight, but I still felt somewhat out of control and knew that I was not fueling my body optimally.

The last few days I have really enjoyed fruit. It amazes me that even things I don't usually think of as sweet (baby carrots, corn, peas, almonds, bananas, tomatoes) suddenly seem sweet to me. I thought this might happen, but certainly did not expect it to happen so soon. I find I can drink tea, herbal tea, coffee, and decaf coffee with nothing added. I don't like them as much, but that is fine, because I will probably drink more plain water and consume less caffeine which is an improvement.

Funny, but probably my hardest challenge was the Weight Watcher Open House. They served smoothies and samples of raspberry shortbread - both definitely sweet. I stayed away from them just fine at first, but then went over to the table to speak to one of the servers who I originally met at the first 5K I ran. I didn't take any refreshment, and didn't feel odd about it. Then they passed out samples of the new Celebration Cake bars. I brought mine and my nephew's home and gave them to my daughter yesterday. Then, believe it or not, my thank you gift for speaking was a box of Weight Watcher lemon filled lemon cakes! I brought them home and they are up (top shelf) in the cabinet. The family has decided they will be dessert at our next extended family dinner. My hubby particularly likes lemon. That will work! I had a hard time believing with all the savory snacks Weight Watchers sells that there was not one thing offered at the Open House that was not sweet. Oh, well, I proved to myself I can control my sweet tooth in a social setting

I'm definitely going for a week with no sweets and then I'll see whether I'm ready to reintroduce a very, very moderate amount. Or maybe not.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/19/2013 8:41PM

    I tried the Birthday Cake mini bars and man were they sweet since I've cut back on sweets. Ditto for the raspberry short bread. The smoothie was delicious and I have been making some at home. (That is until my bottle of Fresca is gone) Once the Fresca is gone I will move on to other things. The WW smoothie mixes are starting to taste sweet and I've been playing around with just adding whey powder and spices to 8 ounces of skim milk instead. I will finish those that I still have at home but I bought a bunch of flavor extracts which I've been adding to whey smoothies with fruits and veggies to make a variety of different smoothies. Yummy! Kudos to you on your sugar fast. You can do it!!!!!!!

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CONTENTCHRIS 1/15/2013 2:07PM

    You have taken self control to a new level.

I can understand if you cant just take one

the don't take any at all. I still would encourage

you to reward yourself every 2 weeks or so with a small

treat at least. Your in great shape to enjoy life a tad every

now and again ... may be OK? I am so proud

of your work to finish and stick to your plan. You

keep me motivated to reach my goals.

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PHEBESS 1/14/2013 9:04PM

    Good job! Sweets can be my downfall!

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RUN4FOOD 1/14/2013 8:25PM

    Impressive.
You deserve about a thousand points for not eating those treats.
And to imagine the worst ones were from Weight Watchers.
Good luck on your continued sugarless diet.
My tastes are more like WATERMELLEN's.
I find some fruits too sweet, but it's difficult for me to find anything that is too salty.


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WATERMELLEN 1/14/2013 7:42PM

    Excellent! Gotta say, I don't have much problem with cookies etc. (my crave foods are more of the salty/fat types) but do use Splenda in my coffee and Splenda-sweetened fat free yogourt, too. Reasonably moderate . . . and I do stay away from sugar and aspartame.

You got some terrific deals! Good for you! I find I'm more likely to locate the size I now wear on sale than when I was heavier. Yesterday the post-Christmas sales rack at my fave discounter had lots of interesting stuff . . . bought only (at the liquidation place) a plain grey and a plain black pencil skirt . . . very basic good quality -- both together with tax less than $25. Go figure: exact same brand, fabric, waist/hip measurement . . . one a six, one an eight!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/14/2013 6:59PM

    Yeah. I have been concerned at times over the amount of sugar in JC foods, too, and for that matter, the amount of "sweet" even when it is not sugar.

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KANDOLAKER 1/14/2013 5:16PM

    Wow - talk about turning away from temptations - and to think of all places where there would be so many goodies. You are such an inspiration!! Congratulations on taking the high road and keeping yourself healthy!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/14/2013 5:06PM

    Amazing! You're a stronger woman than I.

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_LINDA 1/14/2013 2:59PM

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I am in absolute awe! You did fantastic! That is very impressive to ignore that boat load of temptations!! Congratulations on discovering and enjoying the natural sweetness of freggies :) In my opinion nothing sweeter then a succulent strawberry, ripe banana or navel orange!!
Enjoy!!

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MIRAGE727 1/14/2013 12:55PM

    Good job, Barb! I believe that everyone should do what they need to fit their path. I just use portion control and that works for me. I love your sharing your vision. Thanks and stay strong!
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MEXGAL1 1/14/2013 12:50PM

    Good for you Marsha to go without the sweets. I finally got off of sweets for the most part. My normal eating does not include any sugar, package foods or artificial sweeteners. I was addicted to artificial sweeteners and it was hard to get off them but I feel so much better not having them. I sweeten things with Stevia which doesn't effect my blood sugar and I like that. I love my tomato, and you are so right that fruits taste sweeter when not eating sugar.
I hope you like the way you feel and continue on with keeping the sweets out of your life. We really don't need them in our diet.
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/14/2013 12:45PM

    Wow, great job Marsha! I bet you'll inspire some of us (like me) to give it a try.

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GABY1948 1/14/2013 12:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are doing SO great! And you know that it is YOUR choice in the matter!

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2013 11:41AM

    You are doing fabulous, my friend!!

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RITAROSE 1/14/2013 9:57AM

  Interesting blog! I gave up all sugar for two years on two occasions and felt much better and lost weight easier. I am currently done with week one of a sugar fast. Trying not to have any artificial either. I agree 100% how enjoyable fruits and veggies are under this plan! I delighted this weekend in eating grape tomatoes! They were delicious!!

Three or four years ago on SP there was a challenge I participated in for one month. No pop, diet or regular. I was addicted and thought it would be a good chance to take a break. After a successful 30 days of abstaining I thought to myself, "I can have a pop now!" Then I realized that I didn't even care. The craving had passed and I was drinking oodles more water. I have decided to not drink any soda or flavored drink again because I feel so much better without it and drinking more water is so much better for me!
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KJELLYBEAN15 1/14/2013 9:48AM

    Good for you in doing so well.

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VFJF22051 1/14/2013 9:06AM

    I also started a "no sweets" challenge for 2 weeks. Did great for 6 days then had a couple f fruit thins. I also include alcohol as a "sweet" because how its metabolized. I really has been much easier than I thought it would. But... I haven't been able to give up the cream yet. One day at a time. When I did have those thin cookies it was like all of a sudden my sweet craving kicked in and alls I wanted was sweets. If you can kick the sweets, keep them kicked to the curb or they will creep back up on ya. emoticon

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