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Comfort of a Second Kind

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I wrote yesterday that goal weight makes it more comfortable to sit, confident that I will have enough space, and keeps me more comfortable, sweating less and breathing easier, in the heat. There is another kind of comfort that I find at goal weight. It is a little more difficult to describe.

You hear people talk about someone who is "comfortable in his/her own skin." I believe I have more of that comfort at goal weight, too. It is confidence to some extent. But even at my heaviest I never shied away from meeting new people, public speaking, or social occasions. This kind of comfort is more than confidence. I feel right. I feel in balance. I just feel better. And I am not referring to feeling healthier, although I do and I am. But I am thinking about feeling more at peace with my body, more at peace in the world.

I haven't quite spelled it out here the way I would like, but I suspect many of you will understand what I mean. -Marsha

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KALIGIRL 6/8/2010 2:02PM

    Definitely relate - thanks!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/6/2010 3:55PM

    Well said Marsha, I know what you mean too.

It's the feeling that tells me that this is my home weight.

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JHADZHIA 6/6/2010 2:56PM

    I know what you mean Marsha! On a physical level, my skin doesn't feel tight any more. On a mental level I feel I have reached equilibrium. I can be calm and peaceful with my body, not being at war. So relaxing!
Enjoy your Sunday!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/6/2010 12:35PM

    I know exactly what you mean. When I was at a healthy weight, everything was in balance and I felt more like I was "one" with the universe. I'm hoping to get back to the place where I can feel like that again. It's a feeling that you can't get any other way except by being healthy and at complete ease and acceptance with yourself. You are doing a great job Marsha!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/6/2010 12:27PM

    Well said.

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MEXGAL1 6/6/2010 10:30AM

    I totallly get it. So glad that you are feeling more comfortable.

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MONTY68 6/6/2010 1:57AM


I know exactly what you are talking about. I experienced a change shortly after I hit the weight and it is interesting that as heavy as I was, I always felt comfortable around people, taught classes etc and never thought about the weight.
But this is different, like a vail was lifted that surrounded me. I can't explain it any different than that. I guess I could copy your second paragraph as that is what it is

Good blog, and a very Happy birthday

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RNSHARON 6/6/2010 1:31AM

    I do know what you mean--and it's a nice feeling as i lose weight.

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The Comfort of Goal

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I wanted to lose weight to be healthier and to look better. I never really thought about comfort as a reason to lose weight and get fit, but it is definitely a reason I want to maintain my weight loss and my fitness gains.

Seats are so much more comfortable at goal weight. Whether it is sitting at the theater, at a staff meeting, or in an airplane seat, I know I will have enough room. I won't feel stuffed in and trapped. I won't hurry to get to the most comfortable seat available because they are all fine for me now. I've heard my mother say that without "padding" (fat) seats can be uncomfortable. I've found that just the opposite is true.

And it is hot. A church near me had a sign that said it was 102 degrees today, but I believe that is overstated. The news said it would be high of 92 today here in central Florida with the highest humidity of the season, over 90%. I do not sweat near as much as I did 80 pounds heavier. I breath easier. I enjoy going outside even in the heat. Today after our SparkTeam walk, Natalie and I played outside in the park. When I was heavier, I would have insisted on staying in the air conditioning. Outside was just too uncomfortable. I would have missed the sunshine, the butterflies, the dragonflies, the flowers, the fresh air, the birds, the squirrels, etc. I would have missed the fun of it all!

Life is just better at goal weight. And comfort is one of the reasons.

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/10/2010 4:11PM

    Had to laugh about the 'comfort' idea of not being irritated by the heat, 'cause I'm chilled all the time! Can hardly wait to go outside and get warm - I don't turn on the car AC until I've driven a few miles and gotten warm! Am sitting here in the office today with a sweater over my cute short sleeve shirt & capris, wish I'd left the sandalls home & worn something to cover my toes!

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JHADZHIA 6/5/2010 8:04PM

    You betcha Marsha! And don't forget, being able to participate in two fitness events in one day is a bonus! Not having to worry about being too tired! Just go, go go!
Keep up the great work!

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MEXGAL1 6/5/2010 4:48PM

    Good for glad you are enjoying your weight loss and the benefits that come with it....continue on!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/5/2010 4:43PM

    Great point Marsha. Comfort is a real bonus.

I like Vikki's point too. Carrying another 80lb would seem like quite a challenge now!


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WILD4STARS 6/5/2010 4:13PM

    Just think about being outside playing with Natalie carrying eight - 10 pound bags of potatoes with you. Can you even imagine?

You make so many great points. Happy Sparking,

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/5/2010 3:17PM

    Yes, everything is better when we're lighter. For sure! And 80 lbs just blows me away. Good for you!

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PMFISH 6/5/2010 3:01PM

    You better believe it!!! Happy you are able to do those things now. Keep up the good work!!


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Talk About Mindless Eating

Friday, June 04, 2010

I made it three whole days with absolutely no artificial sweetener. (I have been a Splenda-Equal-SweetnLow-saccharine "addict" for more than 35 years.)

Today my hubby did the grocery shopping as usual. He came home with sugar free chocolate mousse and handed me one, 60 calories. I ate it without even thinking. Honestly, I enjoyed it. It had absolutely no redeeming nutritional attribute. It was pure chemical junk. Yum.

That's okay. I'm giving up all or nothing thinking. I'm not throwing in the towel on my goal. Three days was a good start. I intend to have only that one sweetened treat this week. Then I'll focus on 4 or fewer packets (or equivalents) per day, which is SparkPeople's recommendation. -Marsha

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BETHANYBOO 6/5/2010 4:01PM

    I struggle with artificial sweeteners too. I can go without them for the most part, but I do put them in tea/coffee. I can't enjoy my caffeine fix without it!

Congrats on 3 days without it. I was thinking about trying just one day without added sugars or sweeteners but it'd be hard!

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JHADZHIA 6/5/2010 1:32AM

    I can't see one little treat as a blown diet promise. I agree with the others that all or nothing was too extreme to start with when you have used them for so many years. Sparks is all about moderation, not deprivation.
There is room in our diets for a little splurge. Have to keep the inner food demon at peace and at bay by throwing him the odd little happy scrap!
Keep up the great work! You are doing so amazing!!

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MONTY68 6/4/2010 10:54PM

    Hi Marsha

You are one who looks at things and to have a goal of 4 or fewer packets is a good goal. What I am doing now is starting to read about other nutrients that I may be missing. certain vitamins and minerals. Problem with most labels don't address all of them. At my age if I just change some things I will be doing better. The real solution is going raw and I am not ready for that idea.
I know for you that you will succeed in what ever you choose to look at.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/4/2010 9:01PM

    I think moderation is the key here Marsha and that's what you're going to do. You have been doing a great job. It is very difficult to give up something that you have depended upon in your diet for 35 years. It all starts with baby steps. Soon it will get easier. Keep up the good work!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/4/2010 7:44PM

    Totally agree about the all or nothing. In fact, it was a "no more than one a day"... that led to weekends soda-free, and eventually to my current streak: 159 days free. What woman has done, woman can do... by gradual steps.

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EDUCGRAD 6/4/2010 7:31PM

    you have done well,but maybe cold-turkey was a bit too much too soon.I agree just taper yourself off gradually

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WATERMELLEN 6/4/2010 6:13PM

    Moderation in all things! My go-to is fat free sugar free (but not Splenda-free) yogourt: major calcium source, way fewer calories, convenient at work -- there it is!!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/4/2010 5:18PM

    That "yum" is important! You enjoyed it and ate in moderation.

You're so focused and controlled for most of the time and are dealing with a big change in habits. In the scheme of things 60 calories is just 60 calories.

As others have said recently this is about progress, not perfection - although it seems that you're very close to perfection!!

Your progress is truly motivational.


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Read the Label

Thursday, June 03, 2010

I know you should read labels and I thought I did. But on two occasions recently I found surprises, not of the good kind.

Pillsbury Grands Fat Reduced Whole Wheat biscuits that come in a refrigerated can are what I tried to get my husband to buy for some time. He likes good southern white biscuits, but mine aren't as good as his mothers. And I prefer whole wheat. And reduced fat. Finally he learned to like the Pillsbury Grands Fat Reduced Whole Wheat. And then I looked at the label carefully --- oh, no, trans fat. I usually eat 1/2 a biscuit, but my hubby usually eats 2 or 3. One biscuit is 170 calories, 45 calories from fat, 5 grams total fat, with 1 gram saturated fat which isn't good, but then 2.5 grams of trans fat, which is terrible. Here I thought I was pushing a healthier option. Darn. He won't want to change again.

I looked carefully at the canned Del Monte Diced Tomatoes No Salt Added. The ingredients are tomatoes, tomato juice, calcium chloride, and citric acid. Not bad. One half cup serving is 25 calories. It has 300 mg of potassium, 2 grams fiber, and 4 grams of sugar. Then I looked at the Del Monte Diced Tomatoes Basil, Garlic, and Oregano No Salt Added: tomatoes, tomato juice, high fructose corn syrup, garlic powder, spices, onion powder, calcium chloride, citric acid, and natural flavor. One half cup is 50 calories, twice the amount of the unflavored variety. It has 1 gram fiber (half) and 8 grams sugar (twice). It has 125 mg potassium (less than half). I have been using the flavored tomatoes to mix half and half with spaghetti sauce to reduce my sodium. I will now use the unspiced variety and add my own spices. I had just assumed that the spiced variety was the same, only with spices.

Even when you think you know, be sure to read the label. Have a happy, healthy day, SparkFriends!

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KALIGIRL 6/4/2010 1:03PM

    Amen - the less processed the better!

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JHADZHIA 6/3/2010 11:35PM

    My Mom can't get my close scrutiny of labels. I had loved these whole wheat mini bagels, low cal, low fat, everything natural. Unfortunately, they are very hard to get. I have been trying to find alternatives with out much luck. I saw a new thing on a label: enriched white wheat flour?? White whole grain buns?? Not what they usually say. Is this the same thing as white flour with some grains added so they can call it whole grain or whole wheat??
They were low calorie and seemed not to have any bad things in them but really.
I am glad I don't use processed foods. My raw vegetarian diet doesn't leave me guessing. I am only trying to add grains for the fiber. I am not a cereal or bread fan.
Better luck with your food and labels..

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WALKINGANNIE 6/3/2010 6:16PM

    Thanks Marsha. This is a good reminder that we have to alert at all times and not make assumptions, even if they are quite reasonable.

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WILD4STARS 6/3/2010 5:03PM

    Could be that when you first bought the biscuits there was NO trans fat and then they changed the recipe. I have had that happen. I find something I like, it has no high fructose corn syrup and I get into the habit of buying it, then one day I look at the ingredients, maybe looking for something else and there it is. Even stuff you buy all the time you have to occasionally re-check that label.

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JBINAUSTIN 6/3/2010 4:22PM

    You said it! You have to read the labels all the time. And I find it particularly annoying when a brand uses a healthy food as a lure to get you to buy its less healthy options. Like your lower-salt tomatoes where the plain is OK but the flavored variety has more sugar and fewer nutrients.

My own hot button these days is Chocolate Cheerios. They market them in the same ads as regular Cheerios to imply that they have the same amount of heart healthy oats. They do not.

Keep reading!

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    Great Blog!

Thanks for the warning!

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Raisins in My Oatmeal

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I am celebrating a big accomplishment! A streak of one day may not be particularly impressive to most people, but I think this one may be significant. I did something yesterday that I haven't done for at least 35 years. I went the entire day without any artificial sweetener. No diet soda, no Crystal Light, no packets of yellow or blue or pink, no diet pancake syrup, no sugar free pudding, no sugar free Klondike bar, etc.

In December of 2009 I started counting my artificial sweetener. It felt like just paying attention to it may have reduced my use, but I used about 12 colored packets (Splenda, Equal, Sweet n Low) per day plus other artifically sweetened products. I tried to gradually cut down. I had some success. But it was harder than starting strength training, harder than my cardio exercise streak, even harder than managing the number on the scale, and definitely harder than drinking 8 glasses of water. I got down to about 8 packets per day and then stalled.

So I decided to go cold turkey. Yesterday I succeeded. I'm going to try to keep the streak going at least a week. Long range I am aiming for 4 or less packets or equivalent per day, the recommendation of SparkPeople.

Every positive streak starts with a first day.

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    keep it up marsha!

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WILD4STARS 6/2/2010 5:46PM

    I cook my oatmeal in fat free vanilla soy milk. It does have some sugar in it, not much. Gives it just that little bit of sweet that I like. I also use raisins and some cinnamon. Congratulations on day 1 of a long and healthy streak!
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Happy Sparking,

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AQUAGIRL08 6/2/2010 2:54PM

    Raisins in oatmeal are very sweet! I occasionally drink a diet coke but somewhere along the line I pretty much stopped (except for an occasional exception) using artificial sweeteners. I'm not even sure when it happened but reading your blog made me realize that about one and a half years ago (shortly after I started on SP) I suddenly stopped. Since water is my main drink, I usually have little use for any kind of sweetener. Perhaps that's why I stopped using artificial sweeteners.

Kudos to you for going a whole day without. I know that is a big milestone for you and that it's hard. You are making so much progress Marsha. You should be proud of yourself. I know that I'm proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EILEENV3 6/2/2010 1:35PM

Except for Diet Coke, I like Stevia if I sweeten teas.
I also like raisens in oatmeal. For me, they are enough.
I had a thought as I read your post. I use unflavored yogurt (I have sugar issues). Sometimes I add sugar free choc. pudding (however-that does use the artifical sweetner) AND sometimes I add nut butters (almond, tahini, or peanut butter) to the yogurt. I wonder if the nut butters would work in yogurt.
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WALKINGANNIE 6/2/2010 1:14PM

    Well done on this accomplishment Marsha!

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FREELADY 6/2/2010 10:45AM

    This is fantastic! A very courageous step! Now I am reminded to be strong myself!!

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PHEBESS 6/2/2010 10:18AM

    Good job! And a little cinnamon in the oatmeal makes it sweet without artificial sweeteners!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/2/2010 9:09AM

    Congrats! If you can continue this streak, you will be absolutely amazed at how much better you feel. Best wishes for continued success.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/2/2010 9:03AM

    I love raisins in oatmeal - dried apricots are also wonderful. Juat a few make such a difference.

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JOHAL52 6/2/2010 8:30AM

    That's terrific Marsha! The only artificial sweetener I "use" is my daily can of Diet Coke. I am trying to cut that out as well and now that school has finished I am going to go every other day and then to once a week.

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WATERMELLEN 6/2/2010 8:14AM

    Yay raisins! I don't use much artifical sweetenr (certainly fewer than 4 packets a day) or products (a can or two of diet soda, maybe) but have to applaud your determination to go cold turkey . . . Well done!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/2/2010 7:52AM

    You know what? It's YOUR accomplishment... by no one else's standards but your own! I'm celebrating with you!! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 6/2/2010 7:51AM

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I think that is great!! Good for you Marsha!! I have never used artificial sweeteners or sugar at all. Its not something I can fathom using. I just like all my tastes to be natural. When I first started drinking herbal teas, I had them black. Its all I drink other than water and one cup of unsweetened, unflavored soy milk. After what happened with that one sweetener, I don't know if I would trust any of them!
Here is to living a natural, healthy lifestyle!


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KOMA0603 6/2/2010 7:50AM

    great job keep up the great work.

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