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March Goal Will Become April Goal

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I am struggling with my March goal of eliminating night eating. It is so much a part of my lifelong pattern, that it seems to be as natural as breathing. I've decided to keep trying and make it my April goal as well. May goal will be salt elimination.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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CHATTIEGIRL 3/16/2012 9:46PM

    Hi Jesse;

I make up my own trail mix with dried fruit I cut in small pieces, cereals,nuts and raisins and I make a 6 oz small container and eat about half of it during the night. I hve lost weight and I don't always eat it. Eat healthy, exercise and love life and you will have a good life. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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NANCY- 3/16/2012 8:11AM

    WTG on sticking with it. It takes time for new habits to settle in.
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7WORSHIPS 3/15/2012 6:58PM

  emoticon Giving yourself more time to reach this goal is the way to go because it means you are still in the race and will eventually succeed. I discovered that waking up earlier and going to bed earlier helped me get rid of that night eating. Of course this is not an option for everyone.
Once I established the early to bed routine, I discovered I could then start staying up if I was busy and still not have the urge to munch or binge,

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SHERYLDS 3/15/2012 12:57PM

    great goals....
I find have a nice pot of tea helps me feel as if I'm having a treat in the evening.
and going salt free ...is a little tougher. I find myself using more lemon, or chili powder, or vinegars helps replace that 'salt' craving. I remember learning that salt and sour are very similar to our taste buds. I guess the hot in the chili just replaces it with heat. have fun finding what works for you

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/15/2012 12:39PM

    Smart thinking to keep working on this goal!

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JULESRULES78 3/15/2012 11:57AM

    Good luck SLIMMERJESSE. Maybe reframing the goal positively so that it doesn't seem like a restriction would help.

I am totally with you on the night eating, and understand the salt thing. Why does salt seem to calm the nerves? emoticon

CARRKM,I am the same way! Move veggies with dinner=less sweet craving. Although, less sweets also = less sweet cravings. emoticon



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NATPLUMMER 3/15/2012 11:35AM

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CARRKM 3/15/2012 10:34AM

  I have been struggling with this, too. What has helped me lately is 1) take a walk after work, before dinner. 2) eat dinner a little later (7 - 7:30, rather than 6 - 6:30); have a large glass of ice water always at hand and 4) have something to fidget with - knitting, cross work puzzle, etc. Also, the more veggies I eat with dinner, the less I tend to crave anything sweet. Go figure, right?
Good luck with this - it is a very hard habit to break - but I know you can do it! emoticon

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Wag More. Bark Less.

Monday, March 12, 2012

That was a decal on a car I passed during yesterday's walk. It made me smile to think how simple the reminder was, but how hard it is sometimes to remember. To focus on the good things and be thankful for them, which inevitably leads to my "barking less." (smiling)

Wishing all of you a good day full of more wags than barks.

  
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REACHING4HOME 3/13/2012 6:57PM

    If only we all remembered that. These cats on your page, look like they are from some other planet. Those eyes!
Erin

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NANCY- 3/13/2012 11:32AM

    How clever and such sage advice.
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KANOE10 3/13/2012 7:18AM

    That is really cute..Maybe the cats should say purr more, scratch less! Congrats on keeping on track . You are doing great..yes, we should focus more on the positive each day! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/12/2012 2:04PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/12/2012 2:04PM

    Your blog made me smile......wag, wag!

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BONDMANUS2002 3/12/2012 11:48AM

  good good good

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A Hearty Welcome to Daylight Savings Time

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Oh how I love those longer days full of sunshine! Now if they'd just keep it this way, that would be wonderful.

Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/12/2012 1:56PM

    I couldn't agree with you more on this one....I wish we did it year round. I'll be glad when we move to Tennessee for good and live further south. It makes a huge difference in the number of daylight hours we have in the wintertime. You are fortunate to live so far south when it comes to that (and the weather!)

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/11/2012 11:13PM

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CATLADY52 3/11/2012 7:24PM

    Enjoy it now. emoticon

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NANCY- 3/11/2012 12:38PM

    Enjoy the
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NATPLUMMER 3/11/2012 10:24AM

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KANOE10 3/11/2012 9:58AM

    I love the daylight and longer days also! The first few days are a little rough with the time change! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 3/11/2012 4:42AM

    "Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity”


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Use Caution When Using "Natural" Remedies

Friday, March 09, 2012

I had a huge wake-up call last week, and it was the first time I ever experienced an adverse effect from a natural product.

Having always known my body very well, I understand my needs and act accordingly. But I was way off the mark when I decided that, having given up coffee/caffeine a month ago, my adrenals were fatigued and needed support.

Researched a good product made by a very reliable company that boosts adrenal health. After taking just two capsules, I had very adverse effects that could've been extremely serious had I not stopped taking more immediately.

This was a great reminder that ALL products, not just pharmaceuticals, need to be used wisely and that we do not always know what's in our best interest.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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HELEN_BRU 3/10/2012 10:53AM

    Glad to hear you stopped when you did. Like you said, it can be dangerous!

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CATLADY52 3/9/2012 7:28PM

    We all go through an 'ooops' time or two. We count ourselves lucky to find out at the very beginning. emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 3/9/2012 7:26PM

    So true. Even natural products can be dangerous, especially if we are on prescription medications. I had that happen also once before.
I am so glad you are fine.
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NATPLUMMER 3/9/2012 3:34PM

    Just because it's natural doesn't mean it won't do something bad to you.....cyanide is natural.

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SHERYLDS 3/9/2012 10:05AM

    AMEN TO THAT.
sounds like you are okay....good

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RYDERB 3/9/2012 9:03AM

    emoticon How scary for you! I'm glad you're ok!
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NANCY- 3/9/2012 7:54AM

    I'm glad you determined the source and are okay. WE do have to be very vigilant. Thanks for the reminder.


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Dangerous Crossroads - Yikes!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

After 74 days of no sugar, and 35 days of no caffeine, I have no cravings for either. So, what's the problem?

I have to clarify that I haven't felt deprived of either one, so that doesn't seem to be the issue. It's at this point of 35 days (yes, I've tried this before several times), I start to think about coffee. I think about all of the reports that talk about the health benefits of caffeine, and how much more energy I'd have it I were on it. (although this isn't really true when you study what caffeine does)

In the past, I've given into decaf. But that has been my gateway drug of sorts. Right into the regular. Which leads me to the question of why, since I didn't drink that much (a very small mug of coffee in the morning), do I ride this roller coaster each time.

It really shows me how much of eating (and drinking) is a mental thing first and foremost. My body doesn't crave it, or even want it, but my mind is swinging from branch to branch like a wild monkey with crazy rationalizations of getting back on the coffee wagon.

I do have to mention that, besides the health benefits, I have saved a fortune as coffee prices have gone through the roof with everything else.

Will keep you posted as to what happens next. Wishing all a good day.

  
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LIVINGFREE19 3/9/2012 7:24PM

    Wow, to keep away from sugar so long, is awesome!
You are doing really well!
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JULESRULES78 3/9/2012 10:10AM

    You have done awesome! Keep up the great progress. You are worth it!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/8/2012 3:16PM

    You guys are the best! Thanks for supporting me today as I was particularly vulnerable but feel that I've passed the danger zone and am okay now.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/8/2012 2:26PM

    It really is a mental thing....I so hope you can stick with the no caffeine, no sugar streak.

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NATPLUMMER 3/8/2012 2:14PM

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/8/2012 12:20PM

    I understand, I can be the Queen of rationalization when I think I really want something. Even when I know for a fact what it will do to me. I have yet to meet a cheesecake slice I didn't like despite the consequences - dairy products and I do not get on well at all. Stay strong during this critical period and soon enough your mind will move on; you'll have outsmarted yourself!

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SHERYLDS 3/8/2012 11:53AM

    there is always another research study just around the corner that contradicts the last.

I don't have a problem with caffeine...
I have a problem with the stuff I want to eat with it.

congrats on your progress. stick to what works for you

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NANCY- 3/8/2012 11:26AM

    Ah our mind is sooo complicated. You are wise to know yourself so well.
Congrats on doing what you need to do for you.
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