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Shortest Break In History (smiling)

Monday, September 10, 2012

When I wrote that last blog, and immediately started taking my break, I felt the loss of support right away. Wow, I am touched by the messages you've left, and feel that I should just do less of SP than to cut it off completely. I've been struggling with caffeine detox as well and it just may be that I'll have to stick with a small amt each day. I tried to wean slowly, but that was one long drawn-out headache. And cold turkey is just awful.

Thanks for your support. It means a lot.

  
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GOTTAPLAN4U 9/13/2012 6:02PM

  Very happy to keep hearing from you.
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IAM_HIS2 9/12/2012 7:20AM

    SO HAPPY YOU'RE BACK!!!

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RUNNER12COM 9/11/2012 6:58PM

    We're good for you the way you're good for us. So keep your happy self coming back and we'll all work to motivate each other!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/11/2012 11:27AM

    I am glad you are back because I really would have missed you a ton. the coffee thing maybe you should be more like the Italians one very small strong cup no sugar no cream emoticon

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NANCY- 9/11/2012 6:08AM

    Wow that was quick! :)

For me going off caffine is doable.. but I do like my coffee. What worked for me was to set a few simple rules for myself. Two cups max per day, no coffee after noon. I found some herbal tea filled the bill... rose hip, sarsaparilla, I like Tazo's Passion tea... it looks like I'm drinking wine and is nice hot or cold.
You will find that balance and what works for you.

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ORODEO73 9/10/2012 10:44PM

    I quit drinking caffiene cold turkey while I was in college. That was 1995 and i still dont drink any major caffiene, just tea at a restaurant and some chocolate. Its hard but been worth it. Good luck.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/10/2012 10:37PM

    Ok, Spark in moderation sounds wise :)
I'm trying to cut down on caffeine too, but not cut it completely out. I like it too much to quit, but liking it too much means I drink more than I need! So I also feel more supported now that you're back. emoticon

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DEBBY4576 9/10/2012 10:17PM

    yippee!!!! I was disappointed when you said you needed a break. You are just to popular to do that to all of us haha. Yeah, caffiene withdrawal sucks.

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JACKIE542 9/10/2012 7:58PM

    Happy, Happy, Happy. Just come on when you feel like it. emoticon

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SUNRISE14 9/10/2012 7:56PM

    You know you missed us ! emoticon Thank you for your support on my blogs ! I look forward to getting to know you better ! emoticon emoticon

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KAYLSLYNN 9/10/2012 7:48PM

    SORRY ABOUT THE HEADACHES . I HOPE YOU ARE BETTER. I AM GLAD YOU DIDN'T LEAVE SPARKS

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/10/2012 6:25PM

    Whoo Hooo!!!! I'm glad your back!!!! I would have really missed you.

Just do what you need to do to take care of yourself. I went from frequent blogging to almost no blogging at all for about six months after my dad died. I'm slowly coming back. You will know what works for you and what doesn't.

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RYDERB 9/10/2012 5:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I really missed you! emoticon BACK!

It's funny how just knowing the support will be here when you need it, makes it better. I'm glad you'll be around, even if you won't be around as much.
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MARY1313 9/10/2012 5:18PM

    Man I missed the blog about you leaving!!! glad you are here. drink a lot of water to help with headaches from caff withdrawal!

Hugs

Mary

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LIVINGFREE19 9/10/2012 4:46PM

    I missed your post yesterday.
I am so glad you are staying!
there is so much support on this site and it really is so nice to realized you are so loved!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/10/2012 4:43PM

    So glad to see you are staying. When I cut back on coffee I just got smaller and smaller mugs and cups. Of course I was practically drinking out of a quart jar. LOL. I didn't go too fast. I would plateau for a while and get used to it before I would reduce it some more. It also helps if you use more creamer or use half decaf and half regular. I tried it all and finally didn't need it any more.

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SOKKERNUT 9/10/2012 4:29PM

    You know you better than anyone else. You know what you can handle and what you cannot handle and how. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/10/2012 4:26PM

    I'll say ;-)
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DOLLFACEDX 9/10/2012 4:11PM

    Cold turkey is the way to go SOMETIMES - sometimes def not!! Don't make the change any harder on yourself than necessary. And do SPARK when you are able - many are here to support and aid you. . . emoticon

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Taking a Break From SP

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Not sure for how long, but will be continuing this healthy lifestyle, of course. I've been on here much longer than I ever thought I would, and several reasons for needing a break.

Happy trails to all and I hope to see you again soon.

  
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KAYLSLYNN 9/10/2012 7:50PM

    I AM SO GLAD YOU DIDN'T LEAVE FOR VERY LONG. GLAD YOU STAYED

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/10/2012 3:23PM

    Best wishes on your journey ! You'll always be welcome whenever you're ready to come back !

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JILLYBEAN25 9/10/2012 2:49PM

    You'll be missed! I hope to hear from you every so often. I hope your reasons are more good than bad, and that any "negative" ones get resolved.

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NATPLUMMER 9/10/2012 11:29AM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/10/2012 8:57AM

    i sure hate to see you leave and hope you will drop in from time to time and let us know how you are. I sometimes cut back a lot on SP when my life gets overwhelming and complicated but I miss the support here and my friends. emoticon

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IAM_HIS2 9/9/2012 10:20PM

    Wishing you the very best. Hope you stop by and visit every now and then. Will miss you very much emoticon Hate to see you go!

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DJ4HEALTH 9/9/2012 8:44PM

    Miss you and take care, we will still be here for you!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/9/2012 5:59PM

    I'll miss you. emoticon Stay yourself.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/9/2012 5:19PM

    I will miss you! Want to be friends on Facebook?

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DEBBY4576 9/9/2012 4:51PM

    Sorry to see you go, but it is what it is. You will be missed. I'm sure you will continue with your healthy eating, and will be just fine. My wish for you is to be happy.

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/9/2012 3:47PM

    Good luck to you

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/9/2012 3:14PM

    All the best to you as well!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 9/9/2012 11:49AM

    take care and come visit us once in a while!!

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NANCY- 9/9/2012 10:24AM

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You need to do what you need to do. Just know you will be missed.

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RYDERB 9/9/2012 9:41AM

    Sometimes the pressure of this place gets to me too, so I completely understand your need for a "break". Stay strong and always trust your instincts. You know what's best for you.
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JACKIE542 9/9/2012 9:37AM

    Good luck! Hope to see you again.
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KPETSCHE 9/9/2012 7:15AM

    Take care of yourself and remember what is important to you. Keep focused and healthy!
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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/9/2012 6:39AM

    Continue with your healthy lifestyle regardless. Don't let go your goals. And hope you will be able to be back soon.

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*MADHU* 9/9/2012 6:29AM

    Keep sparking offline. All the best emoticon

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Just Checking In to Say Hi

Friday, September 07, 2012

I really haven't had much to say lately; plus, spending less time on SP. But thought I'd check in to say hello.

Things going fine. Still haven't bonded with Vitamix. I use it daily, but no huge gushing over it.

On plateau. So what else is new? (smiling)

Overdid the Endless Shrimp promotion at Red Lobster last weekend. And no remorse. Seafood is a HUGE love of mine.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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CAROLIAN 9/11/2012 1:29PM

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/8/2012 5:25PM

    Thank heavens I haven't been to Red Lobster in a long time. I love it too lol. Thanks for saying hello!

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KAYLSLYNN 9/8/2012 4:34PM

    I LOVE THE ENDLESS SHRIMP . I DO OVER DO IT. GOOD HEARING FROM YOU. HAVE A BLESSED DAY emoticon

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NANCY- 9/8/2012 8:27AM

    No need to bond with the Vitamix... remember it is but a tool. Enjoy your weekend!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/8/2012 8:01AM

    Hubby and I ate at Red Lobster yesterday for the first time in ages. I like Red Lobster, just don't have one close by. I was starving when I walked in and overdid it on the bread!

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CATLADY52 9/7/2012 6:59PM

    Shrimp would definity be on my list of favorite foods. emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/7/2012 6:41PM

    emoticon glad you are still eating healthy and sometimes you have to go out and have a little fun you dont do it often and seafood is good for you emoticon

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JACKIE542 9/7/2012 6:16PM

    Hi, Glad you are ok. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/7/2012 5:19PM

    We are headed to endless shrimp next week - taking my son for his birthday.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/7/2012 3:09PM

    Vitamix are so expensive. Are they really worth it?

I love Red Lobster. It's my favorite place to eat.

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NATPLUMMER 9/7/2012 12:16PM

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No Hunger, Juicing, Vitamix Update, Habit Eating

Sunday, September 02, 2012

I'll probably go into these topics in coming blogs as they deserve more attention than a brief overview.

I noticed, during these past two weeks of juicing, that I have no hunger. I mean, none. My body must be pretty nutritionally-balanced for that to happen! The more I juice, the more I want to juice. Last week, I longed for a "real" meal, which I had. But after I ate, I realized that I now prefer to juice. Perhaps that's only going to be during this honeymoon phase, but maybe not. Dr. Fuhrman, in his book "Eat to Live," says that true hunger occurs in the throat and that the reason most people don't know that is because of unhealthy eating that causes pangs for the bad stuff.

Okay, Vitamix. I'm having fun and using it a couple times a day. I don't care if I juice or blend, as long as I'm getting the veggies and fruit drinks I want/need and I'm experimenting. I'll also be able to make soups with this machine. I'm still bonding with it - it wasn't love at first use. I'm not a cooking mavin; quite the opposite. I've always avoided all things kitchen. (smiling)

During these weeks when I haven't been hungry, I had a startling revelation. I knew that I did a lot of habit eating, but I was shocked to realize that about 75 percent of my eating has been habit. A true grazer. When I feel the need to chew, I make sure I have lots of veggies available to chomp on.

Wishing all a fun holiday weekend.

  
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RYDERB 9/9/2012 9:46AM

    Fabulous news! Reading your post makes me want one even more!
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ALASKASKY 9/4/2012 5:26PM

    Sounds like a great plan. I like to juice. I find I have more energy when I incorporate it into my diet.

Keep up the good job. emoticon

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DS9KIE 9/3/2012 7:21PM

    keep it up.

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NATPLUMMER 9/3/2012 2:35PM

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NANCY- 9/3/2012 10:22AM

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What wonderful insight! I love the way you keep moving forward.
Looking forward to your upcoming blogs.
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2BDYNAMIC 9/2/2012 11:44PM

    I have a Vitamix as well, use it almost daily ... sometimes more. Make peanut butter, grind berries into flour .... pumpkin soup w/ tofu and organic carrots .... so there is almost a real meal there ....... A red flag seems to go up within though as a couple of yrs. back, I did the juice thing too........ and cutting way back on carbs, etc. and wound up with ULCERS and surgery! I had pain that was out of this world in my belly so I really caution you ........... We do need our daily calories ...... and we still need our protein, grains, carbs, starches, and veg's or fruits as wonderful as they are simply are not ALL things ....... It is the balance that causes 'homeostasis' in our bodies ...... (the healthy balance) ..... I now am menu planning my meals from my SP cookbook ...... and I am feeling satisfied ...... Best to you .........

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/2/2012 8:55PM

    you are right eating is mostly habit. i love my smoothies my favorite is watermellon and grapes and blueberries. yum

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EJHEINRICH1 9/2/2012 8:52PM

    I have my champion Juicer and I love it!
Good for you! Stick with it! It sounds like you are going to do very well!


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/2/2012 8:28PM

    That's really interesting that you haven't felt hungry juicing.

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PAMNANGEL 9/2/2012 7:43PM

    I've wanted a Vitamix for so long. Just no room here. Someday!

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CATLADY52 9/2/2012 4:21PM

    I'm happy that you've realized that. It makes quite a difference in your approach to eating in the future. emoticon

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JACKIE542 9/2/2012 2:36PM

    Interesting. I look forward to updates. You sure seem to be doing well. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/2/2012 2:26PM

    It sounds like a great way to live for people who like juice.

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MNJONES2 9/2/2012 2:25PM

    After reading your blog, I have to admit most of my eating is habit too. Thanks for putting it out there - taking a good look at our habits is what sparkpeople is all about. By getting rid of old habits and developing new ones we become healthier.

Best wishes on your journey to good health.

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Happy September & Goal

Saturday, September 01, 2012

OMG, already September! And I'm going to try and try again - to get off caffeine once and for all. Yes, I've tried this before and succeeded for awhile. But I want it done permanently.

Even though I don't drink a lot of coffee, I have weeks worth of various head and body aches while detoxing. So I'm not looking forward to that.

Wishing all a productive new month.

(p.s. first Vitamix was orange sorbet. It turned out pretty good.)

  
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DS9KIE 9/4/2012 1:29AM

    good luck

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/1/2012 7:38PM

    you can do this it will be easier because you are healthier.

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CATLADY52 9/1/2012 6:26PM

    That sounds delcious. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/1/2012 3:15PM

    Wishing you an easy detox and goal achievement!

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DDHEART 9/1/2012 2:46PM

    MMMMMMmmmmmm....Orange sorbet....that sounds like a great reward for cutting out the caffiene!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/1/2012 12:02PM

    I got off caffeine years ago and don't miss it now. You might try a gradual decrease to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. It's what I did.

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NANCY- 9/1/2012 10:42AM

    Getting off the caffeine may not be as bad since you don't consume much. Besides the vitamix should help you whip up something to make you feel better and energize you.
Enjoy your September.

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NATPLUMMER 9/1/2012 9:41AM

    Good luck!!

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MILLISMA 9/1/2012 9:24AM

    Good luck on your goals emoticon. I do like my morning cup of java - which I am drinking right now.

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TSEWARD 9/1/2012 9:09AM

    Thank you for your encouragement! Kudos to you for your no caffeine goal! You can do it! The long term benefits far outweigh the temporary albeit sever discomfort. I have attempted and succeeded, but allowed stress to push me back to my old habits. I am back to boku coffee and buckets of mountain dew! It is far better to get energy from good health than shocking adrenals with caffeine. emoticon emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/1/2012 6:15AM

    Good luck. I only drink regular coffee first thing in the morning, but realize there are better choices out there.

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CORNERKICK 9/1/2012 2:30AM

  Good luck!

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JACKIE542 9/1/2012 1:21AM

    Good luck. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/1/2012 1:12AM

    Good luck! I need to do that too! Not good for the blood pressure either if you drink too much! Let's make September the best month it can be!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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KDAILEY70 9/1/2012 1:01AM

    Best wishes on your goal!!

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DURANGOREDDOG 9/1/2012 12:34AM

    I quit caffeine about 3 years ago and now I don't miss it at all. Just do it gradually and you won't suffer the withdrawal hardly at all. You can do it and your worth it!

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KAYBEE37 9/1/2012 12:29AM

    I hope that your September is productive, as well. I'm going to try to quit caffeine, too, though mine is usually in the form of diet coke, not coffee. Best of luck to you!

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