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10/11/12

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Isn't this a cool date? I've got nothing to say, but wanted to have fun writing this date.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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1BEACHWALKER 10/13/2012 1:55AM

    Never even noticed it that way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 10/12/2012 8:27PM

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LIVINGFREE19 10/11/2012 4:17PM

    This is a very cool date! I never thought about it before reading this!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/11/2012 12:46PM

    Very cool!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/11/2012 10:33AM

    It is neat!!

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To soy or not to soy...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

... that is the question. There's been so much controversy around soy, that I really don't know whether to include it in my life or not. I'd switched to whey awhile ago, but just wondered what your thoughts are.

Anyone have an opinion on this? Thanks.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/30/2012 2:09PM

  Prevention.com had a good article comparing soy and almond milks. Might give you more insight. I don't have the link anymore, but you can probably google it.

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KRISTINE99 10/15/2012 11:16AM

    I avoid soy products because of the soy isoflavones. From what I've read the less phytoestrogens in one's system, the better :)

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LEONALIONESS 10/14/2012 12:12AM

    I'd never touch whey (mostly due to being vegan. Haha.) There were a lot of whey proteins testing very very high in heavy metals not too long ago. If the milk isn't organic, you're getting all that garbage in a very concentrated form in your whey. There are a lot of conflicting things about dairy, too. I really don't think it's healthy for us at all. Also, you know, made for baby cows, not people.

A lot of the soy stuff is unscientific scaremongering. The science is poor (usually rats fed INSANE amounts of pure, concentrated soy protein isolate) and biased. I don't tend to do lots of soy protein isolate/protein powder but have no issues with soy ice cream, vegan meats and the occasional Builder Bar.

For the rare shake, I like Vega One a lot. It's a mix of plant based proteins developed by Brendan Braser the mega triathlete Iron Man.



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NANCY- 10/11/2012 8:52AM

    Knowing your soy and it's source is best. I avoid processed soy (milk, tofu) Fermented soy is better.

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HELEN_BRU 10/11/2012 7:54AM

    I dropped soy when I found a better alternative.

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KICK-SS 10/11/2012 12:15AM

    I don't use soy, I use whey proteins and try to avoid soy for the most part, although my mayonnaise does have some soy in it. But, I don't use a lot of that. I tend to choose foods that don't have soy in them.

Lots of contraversy over soy, I just made the decision to stay away from it.


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DJ4HEALTH 10/10/2012 10:50PM

    Soy is GMO so I would not do soy and besides If it was so good for you why do so many women have breast cancer now.. It is not from better screening because they say that fewer women are getting them because of the radiation from the machine.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/10/2012 9:50PM

    if you are female and middle aged I would probably not do soy as older women tend to have thyroid trouble. There are mixed messages about whether soy increases your risk or protects you against breast cancer. It does mimic estrogen. I don't do soy.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/10/2012 8:13PM

    a little won't hurt . I have some in my energy bars and soem time in my veggie burgers but not every day all day i used to drink soy milk now I do cocounut

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WALLAHALLA 10/10/2012 7:34PM

    I'm going to assume soy is like most other things, best used in moderation.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/10/2012 7:16PM

    I don't take soy because of the 'up in the air' information about it. There is no definitive word on this whether it is best to eat it or not.

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ALISHAB3 10/10/2012 3:09PM

    I don't do soy. Its full of estrogens and they tend to plump a person. Its bad news for your thyroid.

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DDHEART 10/10/2012 2:46PM

    When I use protein powder, it's soy based and edamame is a favored protein snack for me, but neither occurs in any high level of frequency and since I'm an omnivore, not seen as a necessity either. I've read a lot on both sides of the coin...sorry not much help here.

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JLITT62 10/10/2012 11:40AM

    I have soy . . . in moderation. I try to stay away from overly processed soy stuff for the most part (hot dogs, the "chicken" substitute type things), & just use tofu & tempeh . . . but not every day & not every meal.

And I ditched soy milk in favor of almond & now almond/coconut milk.

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NATPLUMMER 10/10/2012 11:37AM

    Yes, that is the question. From what I've read, if you don't have breast cancer in your family it's okay to have soy.

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Happy Birthday, John Lennon. Miss you.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Gone to soon. R.I.P. Thank you for the music. You are not forgotten.

  
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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/9/2012 9:09PM

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WALLAHALLA 10/9/2012 8:10PM

    Thanks for the great legacy!

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LIVINGFREE19 10/9/2012 6:08PM

    R.I.P. He could have done so much more!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/9/2012 5:56PM

    Darn shame he died so young

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/9/2012 1:09PM

    Yep, it was a great loss!

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BETHYB1981 10/9/2012 10:47AM

    Ditto on that sentiment!

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Contd from Yesterday's Blog

Monday, October 08, 2012

Since today is my 4-year anniversary since starting on a healthy lifestyle change (NOT SP anniversary, that happened in January, so 3.5 years on SP), I have been pondering all of the things I didn't like while being overweight.

It was the first time in my life that I was fat (calling it like it was), and there were many negatives that accompanied that state of being. Bigger clothes, aches and pains not normally there, not looking like myself, etc.

But of all the things I disliked about that period of time, I think the worst was the way people treated me. Having always been an outgoing, friendly person, I was used to positive interaction with people. But once I became overweight, I WAS INVISIBLE. And it was most obvious in the realms of project meetings, job interviews and interactions with men. It took me awhile to understand what was going on.

Happy anniversary to me. And I smile at my periodic rebellion here on SP. The times when I say that I'm "taking a break." And then back the next day. This support is invaluable.

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends and a happy day to all.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/9/2012 1:08PM

    I've been fat and I've been thin and thin sure beats fat. LOL.

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JILLYBEAN25 10/9/2012 3:05AM

    Sometimes I still feel invisible (or that I'm being judged for being overweight). That's one thing I'm looking forward to changing when I'm at goal. I'm glad its not a problem you have to deal with any more! Congrats the the 4 years!

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TEA_NUT 10/8/2012 4:05PM

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JLITT62 10/8/2012 2:42PM

    I never really noticed it so much whi,e it happened - but I sure noticed the attention as I got slimmer!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/8/2012 2:39PM

    No, Kay, I no longer feel invisible. Those days are over, even though I do have some lbs to still lose.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/8/2012 2:35PM

    I hope you don't feel invisible any more....

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MARY1313 10/8/2012 1:56PM

    Happy Anniversary my friend!

Mary

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/8/2012 1:04PM

    Happy Anniversary! You've done a lot of great work to get and stay this far.

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NATPLUMMER 10/8/2012 12:00PM

    Happy Anniversary :-)

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4 Years Ago On Columbus Day

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Four years ago, on Columbus Day 2008, I embarked on a new adventure (just as Columbus did). For the very first time in my life, I was putting myself on a diet.

That's right, very first time. A spoiled brat in the sense that I had a lifelong ability to eat any quantity of food and never gain even a lb, about 8 years ago (2004), that began to change. I was working more and more, and having no time left over, exercising less and less. Added to that were multiple losses including many deaths of loved ones that created a lot of emotional overload. And the icing on the proverbial cake was the big hormonal change; in some ways, tougher than puberty. (smiling)

But it took me four years to process and own that my body was no longer thin and svelte. When I looked in the mirror, I saw the previously thin person. When I saw a picture of myself, I reasoned that cameras add several lbs. When I bought larger sized clothing, I commented one time to the cashier that they were manufacturing clothing smaller and smaller for the same sizes! (smiling) No I wasn't in denial. It was a total disconnect from reality which was a complete departure from my usually-sharp self-awareness.

The AHA moment occurred when I met my now dearly-departed cousin in Las Vegas for a few days. We were at the Madame Toussand (sp?) wax museum and I was in the wedding dress they provide to "marry" George Clooney (BTW, I don't even like him, this museum was my cousin's idea). When I saw the photo of me in that wedding dress, the big AHA moment hit me over the head. Wow, look at me!

So, on Columbus Day '08 I started Nutrisystem. I was on that for about 2.5 months and lost about 30 lbs. It was the first diet of my life, and I used that period of time to learn about portion control, and all of the other healthy tips that I continue to this day (or do my best to continue).

Then, the following January ('09), I found Sparkpeople. I've had a tough time during these few years in that I've lost so many more people who were near and dear to me. And many many other bumps in the road. But Sparkpeople has helped me to stay on-track through the darkest of times. I've been on a "forever" plateau that, at times, has made me not care about my doing "Endless Shrimp" at Red Lobster. But overall, I have about 12 lbs to go to be done and start maintaining.

Above all, I want to thank all of the sparkfriends throughout the years - some no longer on this site - who've helped me with their comments and support. I send all of you the biggest cyber bear hug possible with great affection and appreciation.

Spark on!

  
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SKYEFYR 10/30/2012 2:14PM

  Happy Belated Anniversary Sweetie!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/9/2012 1:06PM

    I'm glad to see you are still here and doing your thing. You have done amazing!!

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NELLJONES 10/8/2012 12:16PM

    Quite the journey! In spite of everything, you gained yourself.

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NANCY- 10/8/2012 7:30AM

    What a four years it has been. Your commitment to yourself, making changes and moving forward is inspirational. I know you will keep sparking.
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JILLYBEAN25 10/8/2012 3:31AM

    emoticon Thank YOU! I love reading your blogs, they always get me thinking.

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NATPLUMMER 10/7/2012 8:28PM

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DDHEART 10/7/2012 7:14PM

    How time flies when we're not having fun! I know there have been a lot of difficult times in these past 4 years but I also know you have had some triumphs...coffee and sugar come to mind. You aren't the same person I met here way back when, thankfully I'm not either and I know we will continue to evolve until we've lost those last pounds and moved on to maintenance.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/7/2012 5:16PM

    wow i would like to thank you for all you taught me these four years. i am sorry for all your losses and your hard struggle ,I am so vey glad you stayed

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RYDERB 10/7/2012 2:55PM

    Happy Anniversary! You've come so far in 4 years! emoticon emoticon And you've inspired so many of us along the way. emoticon


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LIVINGFREE19 10/7/2012 2:49PM

    You have done really well! I am glad you decided to stay with us here on SP instead of leaving!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/7/2012 2:30PM

    I'm glad you have hung in here with us on SparkPeople!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/7/2012 1:43PM

    I know how loss and grief can take over our healthy lifestyle without us really acknowledging that we have given consent. I, too, have experienced loss and grief in the past few years, and I can connect with your journey. Good for you for getting back on track and pushing through.
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KAYLSLYNN 10/7/2012 1:15PM

    JUST 12 LBS TO MAINTANCE THAT IS GREAT. I ALSO STARTED BUT I HAVE AT LEAST ANOTHER 40 LBS TO LOSE. THANKS FOR SHARING. I REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS BLOG. BUT I STILL LOVE ENDLESS SHRIMP AT RED LOBSTER emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 10/7/2012 12:55PM

    Sending love and hugs to you. I am glad you were able to write about your grief and weight gain and loss. It helps to think it out and look for different coping strategies.
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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/7/2012 12:10PM

    I'm sorry for your losses. Grief is the hardest part of life. Good for you for taking care of yourself. I look forward to Sparking on with you!
P.S. You could have done worse than George Clooney ;)

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JLITT62 10/7/2012 11:58AM

    Absolutely spark on & thank YOU for being one of my biggest cheerleaders!

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