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Picking An Easier Goal for February

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I think I'm going to reassess my goal for Feb. of no night eating. I've tried to do some practice runs with no luck. It's a lifelong habit that I'm wondering if I should just accept and modify, rather than try to eliminate. I'll decide later today.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 6:56PM

    Dealing with your mom's situation is hard enough right now. One thing that's really helped me at night in the past is to drink a cup of hot tea....it hasn't eliminated all my snacking....sometimes I just want to eat, but holding onto a cup of hot tea and sipping on it soothes me.
Hugs,
Kay

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RUNCHOOSE 1/30/2012 11:40PM

    Interesting thought. I'm a night eater, too, and look at what time it is -- post dinner and I'm debating going to get a snack to munch on...

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NANCY- 1/30/2012 9:08AM

    What has helped me is to plan a healthy snack and change my routine.
Doing a project. Knit, Scrapping, Reading. Meditate.
Having a warm of tea.
Cleaning and moisturizing my face.
Brushing my teeth.
Going to bed earlier.

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IDLETYME 1/30/2012 8:29AM

    If you are eating small meals throughout the day, you need to plan a really light one for late evening. Otherwise, you'll be overeating in the morning. Don't try to completely cut out your evening snack. emoticon

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MORERED 1/30/2012 7:54AM

    A coach once told me that progress goals are good goals. The all or nothing attitude will get you everytime...but making progress, now that's healthy thinking!!
good luck...you can do it!!

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DDHEART 1/29/2012 4:48PM

    Modify...that is a very good goal. Modifying what you eat in the evening is much more sane than trying to say no to all evening eating. Whatever you decide, remember that you have success even when you don't have 100% success!

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KMICHA 1/29/2012 12:57PM

    If you are eating small meals throughout the day, definitely plan an evening snack. Even if theat isn't the way your are eating, save enough calories and PLAN a healthy eveing snack.

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RYDERB 1/29/2012 11:54AM

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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2012 10:33AM

    Perhaps if you just have a planned healthy snack that will work best. No point in setting yourself up for failure.

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MEADSBAY 1/29/2012 10:30AM

    hmmm... yeah- it might be easier for you to have a planned snack then.
Find what works for you.
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Valentines Sweets All Over My Grocery Store

Saturday, January 28, 2012

This morning I went for an early grocery whirlwind to get a few things. In my travels throughout the store, there were Valentine displays everywhere I looked - from gourmet cookie hearts to exotic candies. I've got a no-sugar streak going that is over a month long now, and I haven't had cravings during this time. I was expecting the sugar monster within me to awaken and give me a battle this morning. But it didn't. Instead, I thought about how sugar affects me so negatively and that after the first couple of bites, I don't even enjoy it. So, to all those who can control their sweet tooth, congrats and enjoy. As for me, it is a poison that I can't do any other way than none at all.

Have a fun day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:09PM

    Very smart!!!!

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NANCY- 1/29/2012 7:49AM

    WOW!!!
You are...
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Thankfully our tastes do change.
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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2012 9:43PM

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JLITT62 1/28/2012 12:48PM

    I'd be better off without it, no doubt, bu I'm willing to allow a little I to my life.

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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2012 12:45PM

    Ya, those Valentine's Day Treats are usually the cheapest quality, sugar-y chocolates that you can buy. They're never a temptation for me.

I do like a taste of dark chocolate from time to time... and icecream is another treat. But if I leave it in the store, its not a problem.

Go you!
Doesn't it feel great to think with your head, instead of your tongue?
: )
Mzzchief

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VEUVEGIRL 1/28/2012 12:18PM

    Great job!!!!!

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My Goal For February & How It Went Down In January

Thursday, January 26, 2012

With only five days left in this first month of 2012 (WOW, did that go fast or what?), I'm looking at how I did with my goals. Still kicking butt with my no sugar streak. But I did lapse on my less carbs/no cheese streaks. Not too sorry about that, for now. It's still in moderate realms.

For February, I've decided to work on my lifelong pattern of night eating. In the past, I have tried (and been semi-successful) all different tips on how to lessen/eliminate it. This coming month, I will kick its butt as well. (smiling) If I DO get hungry, it'll be a healthy snack only that provides the nightcap of food.

Wishing all a fun day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:10PM

    I'm really impressed with how you are doing with the no sugar thing!

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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2012 12:48PM

    Marvelous progress!
I like to have a bowl of fruit with some nuts for dinner, usually in my bed, watching the TV with my two pups.

Prolly not the best thing for me, but O Well.

: )
Mzzchief

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CATLADY52 1/27/2012 5:58PM

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NANCY- 1/27/2012 7:57AM

    Overall sounds like a pretty successful January to me.
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I know you will have a
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RUNCHOOSE 1/26/2012 11:31PM

    Oh man, that about sums it up for me. Thanks for saving me a blog post, and here's to a better February! emoticon

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RYDERB 1/26/2012 11:19PM

    You're rocking the no sugar thing! emoticon Good luck with your February goals! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/26/2012 1:10PM

    Good luck!

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SLIMTHICK2 1/26/2012 12:44PM

    Seem as though we both have taken on the same challenges. Cutting out the sugar and not eating at nights. So far I'm doing well my last heavy meal is lunchtime and after that I will have a smoothie for dinner, it's going pretty well. All the best to you. Hope you have a great day.

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JLITT62 1/26/2012 11:54AM

    Nighttime eating is a hard nut o crack - thankfully not one of my many faults - good luck!

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MEADSBAY 1/26/2012 11:43AM

    Have you tried/ do you eat a big breakfast?
Works for me.
I rarely eat anything after dinner (we eat about 7).
DH, who doesn't eat breakfast- munches from supper to bedtime.
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Exactly Three Years Today...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

... I signed onto Sparkpeople. Woohoo. Hooray for me.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:11PM

    Happy belated emoticon!!!

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JULESRULES78 1/26/2012 7:59AM

    I am so glad you did. Congratulations!

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    Good job!!
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    Happy Sparkaversary!

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JILLYBEAN25 1/25/2012 2:40PM

    HEY!!! Today is my 4 year SparkVersary!!! We're some awesome Sparkers right here, you and me!
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NATPLUMMER 1/25/2012 1:24PM

    emoticon YAY!!

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REGABA 1/25/2012 9:13AM

    I'm hopping I'll have a similar post in about two and a half years.



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Walking Saved Me From Back Pain

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Last week, I received bad news about my mom and the emotions instantly hit my lower back. I swear, you don't fully appreciate good health and painlessness until it's gone. The past week's back pain has been excruciating. (no prior trouble, nor injury)

It was very tempting to curl up and baby that area. Instead, I pushed myself to walkwalkwalk. Maybe slower than usual, but out there nonetheless.

Wow, what a difference a week makes! I'm not completely out of the woods, but I can tell that the exercise has been the doctor. Very thankful for recuperation.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SACHABEE 2/22/2012 7:09PM

    Walking is pretty much the only thing I can do when I have lower back pain. Great job in not letting it stop you!!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/31/2012 7:17PM

    I'm really happy for you that walking has helped....it is really helping me too (with depression). Walking is such a powerful tool!

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MZZCHIEF 1/28/2012 12:58PM

    Hhhhhh, mom has the same issues about holding tension in her back... she went thru a lot taking care of my youngest sister as she was picked away by cancer. After 3 years of back tension, she developed problems in her lumbar, which the doctor attributed to this event.

I'm glad to know that you recognize this about yourself and have found a way to release it. Yoga, pilates, any exercise that stretches and lengthens the spine are another alternative.
Great going, girl!
: )
Mzzchief

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RYDERB 1/26/2012 11:16PM

    I'm sorry you got bad news about your mom. I'm glad you found a way to work through your pain and stay positive.
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LIVINGFREE19 1/25/2012 5:12PM

    Sorry to hear about your mom. I hope everything is ok.
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NANCY- 1/25/2012 11:01AM

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You are awesome. WTG on taking care of you.

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MEADSBAY 1/24/2012 11:03PM

    Way to take care of yourself, my friend!
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RUNCHOOSE 1/24/2012 8:38PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your mom, but am proud you were able to overcome your back pain! i went walking today, too. It feels good to move around.

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/24/2012 12:30PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better. Movement is supposed to be much better for back pain than trying to wait it out by lying in bed - the old doctor recommended way of dealing with it.

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LOVELYLILLADY 1/24/2012 12:16PM

    Good for you! Such a simple exercise can do so much! I love Walk Away the Pounds by Leslie Sansone on days when I can't get outside. (Your kitties are adorable by the way!)

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KAILIIA 1/24/2012 12:08PM

    I can relate to the walking helping with back pain despite the discomfort it may initially cause.

Sitting is one of the worst things we can do for out backs as it tend to put more pressure on various nerves, laying down or standing puts less, and moving puts the least amount of pressure on. Moving can help realign things and helps strengthen the supporting muscles.

I hope you are feeling stronger and are in less pain already.

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FLYER99 1/24/2012 11:53AM

    My chiropractor says that walking is one of the best things I can do for my back pain. And it does truly work!

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2012 11:04AM

    Walking can help a lot. Glad it's making the difference for you.

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HARRIET2 1/24/2012 11:00AM

    I have had some excruciating back and left leg pain. One doc said bursitis of the hip, another says sciatic nerve pain from spinal stenosis. I couldn't even dream of walking when it first started. 2 epidurals and 6 weeks later, I am embarking on low back strengthening and walking (slow and for shorter periods of time). I am hoping this is my answer to get rid of this pain. Good luck to you to and hope whatever is going on with your mom gets better. Keep movin!

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