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Sweetener Withdrawal

Monday, February 22, 2010

I read back in December on SparkPeople that the recommended amount of artificial sweetener per day is no more than the equivalent of four packets. I knew I used way over that amount and have for years and years.

For the month of December I just tried to count how many I was using. I certainly wasn't exact. The article did tell that 8 ounces of diet soda equalled one packet. It didn't tell me the equivalent for sugar free pudding, diet syrup, and right now I can't think of any other such products, but I know I used some. Anyway, in December I actually think counting them made me use less. However, I counted approximately 12 packets per day. (Oooops! Ooouchhh!)

I sat a goal to reduce, by one packet a week, from 12 to 4. So, if I had stuck to my plan I should be about down to 4 after 8 weeks. Well, eight weeks have come and gone. Can't say that I've achieved what I set out to do, at least not on schedule. However, I have made progress. I'm at about 6 to 7 daily now. I have been drinking less than 8 ounces of soda weekly. My oatmeal in the morning I generally sweeten with unsweetened applesauce and no other sweetener now.

The thing I'm having trouble with is hot drinks. I enjoy coffee, decaf coffee, tea, decaf tea, and herbal tea. I used to add two packets - one Splenda and one Sweet & Low -- to each all day long. I cut down to one packet of Splenda only in each cup. I'm trying to drink some without any sweetening. Some days I just can't do it. I've even had a day or two I just quit counting.

So, I am hereby, recommitting to get to this goal of averaging 4 artificial sweetener packets or less per day. My birthday is June 6th.I am declaring that I will accomplish it by then. Maybe sooner.

If anyone else has gone through sweetener withdrawal, please share your experience! Thanks, Marsha

  
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SKEPHART827 2/25/2010 10:30AM

    I've heard that the only "safe" non-sugar sweetner is stevia, because it is all natural. I used to use Splenda and have now switched to "Truvia", which is made from stevia. Also "diet" sodas cause the same sugar craving as regular soda. You are better off with water or if you need the fizz, club soda with a shot of real fruit juice.

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MONGO2TEN 2/23/2010 3:38PM

    Good for you:)

I've been trying to cut back as well. My problem is the WW yogurt. It has artificial sweetners in it and it's my favorite....But I'm down to 2 diet sodas a week, so I'm making progress slow, but sure. I never thought to count how much I consume, I might try doing that to see how I do.

~Nancy

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MONTY68 2/22/2010 9:52PM

    Hi Marsha,
I know you will do it. I guess I really don't pay attention to the sugars in anything. On July 20, 2007 and having a 2 liter diet pepsi, I quit that day, have not had any soda since then and I don't ever recall any withdrawals from it. After reading your blog, I went straight to the coffee mate as that is what I use instead of milk and sugar. Boy are labels hard to read, no artificial- but does have corn syrup. I drink tea straight-I add nothing. So I am no help to you on withdrawals. What I do know is you, and I am very confident that by June 6th 2010, you will be down to 4 or less per day.
YOU WILL DO IT!!!


Monty

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/22/2010 8:01PM

    You can do it Marsha!

I never heard of having to limit myself - but I use one per cup of coffee and most days don't go over 2 cups.

I almost never drink soda anymore - I just prefer and got used to drinking water since I was 14. My mother refused to buy soda and I was unable to drink milk. So for me it was a no-brainer. Too much sugar in juice which was always in the house.

You can do it!
Love,
Linda

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AQUAGIRL08 2/22/2010 7:52PM

    That's a tough one Marsha! Good luck with that!

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LITTLEBILLY1 2/22/2010 7:46PM

  You can DO IT!

I used to drink half - dozen PEPSI can ever day.

I cut the PEPSI out complete and may have one once a month.

I started drinking tea and found that I was still taking in to much sugar so I would cut it in half (half regular (sweet) and half diet). I found out I was taking to much SUGAAR.

I found SPARKPEOPLE well that really changed my LIFE - thank you SparkPeople. Now I try to drink just H20 and once in a while I will drink a couple cups (8oz is a cup) of unsweet tea.

I average anywhere from 8 to 12 cups of H20 each day.

I have lost 25 pounds and want to loss another 25 to 30 pounds.

The weight loss is from walking at least a mile each day and changing what I eat and how much.

No diet for me - I needed to change by life.

Thank you again SparkPeople.

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Motivation from Dr. Seuss

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"You've got brains in your heads,
you've got feet in your shoes.
You can go
any direction you choose." -Dr. Seuss

As I rode my bike 7 miles along the Fort Frazier Trail on a glorious, sunny central Florida day, I read the quotations on the poles. I'd read this one before, but today it spoke to me and stayed with me. Truly, I choose my direction. That seems to be what SparkPeople is all about: setting the direction. Sometimes you start small, but you start. You go the right direction.

As I contemplated that truth, I also set a personal best. My first ride on the trail I rode at 8.5 miles per hour. Today I made just over 7 miles in half hour - 14 miles per hour! I rode a little more -- gently and just for fun -- after that, too. It's not hard. You just have to choose the right direction.


  
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KALIGIRL 2/21/2010 9:45PM

    Sounds perfect.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/21/2010 9:04PM

    You are doing an amazing job Marsha! Look at how far you've come. Fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILD4STARS 2/21/2010 8:37PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/21/2010 8:20PM

    WTG! I always loved Dr. Seuss!

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FIT-AT-50 2/21/2010 6:47PM

    14 MPH!!!

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Diane

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PO_PAZZA 2/21/2010 6:20PM

    And will you succeed?
Yes indeed, yes indeed!
Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.

Dr. Seuss

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MONTY68 2/21/2010 6:17PM

    Marsha,
I am guaranteed my daily inspiration when you write. I had never seen that quote before, wow!!! You amaze me 14 miles a hour, you must have been a blur going by. That is fantastic.
Someone else mention it but I am to " But you start".That is so powerful and should be part of everyones attitude in life.
Thank you again for sharing.

Monty

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DONNABRIGHT 2/21/2010 4:56PM

    Thanks - the simply things always seem to work best, don't they?

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WALKINGANNIE 2/21/2010 4:51PM

    Congratulations on your personal best and thanks for the quote. Inspiration comes from so many places when we're open to responding to the cues around us.


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/21/2010 3:51PM

    "but you start"!

That's inspiration enough for any day! Thanks!

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JENNYWREN93 2/21/2010 3:47PM

    I really like that! Very nice! :)

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One Week Streak!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

On October 25, 2009, I first got excited about SparkPeople and one of the goals I set was to get 8 hours sleep each night. Some of the goals I set like getting 25 grams of fiber daily, 2 servings of milk daily, and 200 minutes of walking per week were easy to achieve. But sleep often seemed beyond my control. The one thing I knew I could control was the time I go to bed. I've done much better. I now go to bed between 10 and 10:30 instead of 11:30 to midnight.

I averaged from 5.36 hours to 7.93 hours for the next 16 weeks after I set the goal. But this week I made it -- I slept 8 hours every night this week for an average of 8 hours per night! That's the beginning of a streak. I've got to say I'm proud of my one week streak. I plan to do the best I can to keep it going!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/21/2010 8:59PM

    That's great! I have trouble with getting over 7 hours per night too. SP has really helped me zero in on the sleep problem and I've improved too! It sure does help us feel better doesn't it?


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PEGGYANNSCH 2/21/2010 8:33AM

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WALKINGANNIE 2/21/2010 6:03AM

    Wow. You've done so well with this - the more so as its not so easy to control sleep patterns directly in the way that we can count minutes of activity, glasses of waters or calories in food.

Your strength of will and self control are wonderful qualities.

I admire your achievements so much.

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GATOR12 2/20/2010 11:11PM

    Marsha, what I think is remarkable about your goal and determination to suceed is 1) it was important to you so you changed what you could-earlier to bed & 2) because it was important to you, you persevered; not giving up. Congrats on your success and your reaching of soome goals!!!Brenda emoticon

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MONTY68 2/20/2010 9:47PM

    Hi Marsha,
Congratulations. That is fantastic. I very seldom get 8 hours but for the most part I get 7 hours. If I don't set the alarm, I will sleep 7 hours. You are amazing Marsha. If I may say, you take this living healthy seriously and that is why you do so well. Just take your comment earlier on your bike ride and walking. That's why I look forward to read your blogs.
And the streak goes on.

Monty

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KALIGIRL 2/20/2010 9:34PM

    emoticon that's so great. Sleep is critical to manage stress - so glad you met this important goal.

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KIMMERQU 2/20/2010 8:13PM

    emoticon This is a goal of mine also. I've started trying to get @ least 7 hours sleep and when I have that down, I'll try for 8. emoticon
Hugs, Kim

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PERSISTANT123 2/20/2010 8:12PM

    Isn't it funny that we have to teach ourselves to get enough sleep. It would seem that sleeping is something so simple, but I know that at times I wake up early and can't go back to sleep.

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Today's Feature: New Definition of Old

Friday, February 19, 2010

Today's Feature on SparkPeople had a wonderful quote, "We think Webster should highlight 'old' with words such as 'courage, wisdom, athletic and perseverance.' " The article had a great write up about the Senior Olympics. I'd never thought about entering, but I know my mom has. I just might have to check it out to see if there is an event that would encourage me to develop greater fitness.

Any of you participated? If so, would you recommend it? What events did you find helpful and challenging?

  
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DONNABRIGHT 2/20/2010 9:57AM

    No, I haven't thought of that but I do hope to participate in some way in one of the 3 day breast cancer walks. I lost a sister to this disease so I do all I can to support breast cnacer research

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PERSISTANT123 2/19/2010 2:59PM

    I was impressed about the article too. I'm in no shape to participate right now, but it is something to reach for.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/19/2010 2:58PM

    I've never participated but I know that they have them every year in the Bartow area. It sounds like fun! You would be a perfect candidate to try it out. Let me know if you decide to do it and I'll come and cheer you on!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/19/2010 2:44PM

    If I keep up with my jog/walking and strength training, I just might consider entering one of the walking contests.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/19/2010 1:17PM

    I'm sure that this would be out of my league but the combination of words like'courage, wisdom, athletic and perseverance' is a selection that certainly applies to you Marsha.

Your physical achievements make you a wonderful role model.

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MONTY68 2/19/2010 12:34PM

    Hi Marsha,
I am having problems with getting everything from Spark,so I haven't read the article Living in an over 55 community, I see a lot of "older" people working out but haven't seen anything close to a Senior Olympics. Te only thing I have done was a 5 K when I was 69, and I was the only one in the walking part. I think there were 3 that ran. I plan on doing a 10 K while I am 70.
Hope I get the article so I can see more of what's going on.

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Have You Taken the Real Age Test?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For me it was a real boost when I needed one. It said that my real age is 51.1 which is 9.6 years below my chronological age.

I bet you can find it if you just google on "Real Age" or sometimes I see banners on the SparkPeople site advertising it. Have your last blood work results, or at least your cholestrol and blood pressure, in order to answer the questions and get the most accurate results.

Real Age gives suggestions for improving your lifestyle and lots of good information, too. I'd recommend it.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/18/2010 12:53PM

    It's great that you're so much younger than your actual age! There are many ways to see your progress and this is a very cool one! Thanks for sharing!

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/18/2010 11:03AM

    emoticon I will check that out

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MKROSSMAN78 2/18/2010 10:24AM

    Great Job!!! I did this some time ago, I'll have to recheck mine.

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JOHAL52 2/18/2010 10:24AM

    I took it a few years ago but should take it again. Thanks for reminding me!!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/18/2010 8:22AM

    Great - I did this some time back but will definitely do it again!

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SHEILA1505 2/18/2010 12:38AM

    Well Done!
It also had a very useful section about Vitamins &Minerals asking for mgs & Umgs of the various supplements we use - the results were an eye opener and very great depth

I do have one bone to pick though - "they" reckon I do too MUCH exercise - and there's never anywhere on these internet questionnaires to fill in intolerances so a recommendation to increase certain food groups is a bit suspect

In general - I love Dr Oz's practical approach and wish we could see his TV program here in South Africa - seeing him on Oprah helped me quit smoking when he brought that awful lung into our homes!

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MONTY68 2/17/2010 11:30PM

    Marsha that is fantastic, You are will need to change your name here, young lady. I had taken the test before I started my weight plan and was about 6 years older then my age. Now I am 70 with a real age of 65 which is ok as I still smoke. I wonder what it will be when I quit smoking. I subscribe to the RealAge web and get newsletter daily. Some interesting information

Monty

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WILD4STARS 2/17/2010 9:22PM

    I did it a couple years ago and I was a couple years younger than my Real Age. I thing I would do better on it today.

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KALIGIRL 2/17/2010 9:14PM

    I have too - it's great to be 'younger' than your age!

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REDGRAMA 2/17/2010 8:41PM

    Yes I did when Dr,Oz first put it online, before he became a household name. About 3 years ago. I knew I was fit and in good
" medical shape " I took it on a dare to see if he was as good
as he was supposed to be. I filled in all the data,and got back
a number that shocked even me. I was 68 at the time, and the
"real age" came back that I was 52.3. Almost knocked me of
my chair. 16 YEARS YOUNGER THAN I WAS. I have taken it 4 more
times since. Always comes back about the same. I'm 71 now and
my real age is 54. NOT BAD. All the years of healthy eating and
exercising are paying off. YES INDEED.

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PERSISTANT123 2/17/2010 7:09PM

    I took the Real Age Test before I joined SP and I was more than 2 years older than I am. 90 days later (45 of those on SP) I am almost 2 years younger. I plan on taking it again in about 6 months to see where I am.

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MOTOMOMOF2 2/17/2010 6:46PM

    I did it, mine was only a few years younger mostly becase I didn't know my resting heart rate and blood pressure things like that

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 2/17/2010 6:46PM

    Yes, I took mine. Don't remember exactly, but around 50. something....I just turned 57 two weeks ago.

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