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Sometimes I Crack Myself Up (Or How I Explained Nutrition in the Grocery Store Today)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Please understand that prior to 8 months ago, I didn't read or care about nutrition labels. That's what makes the following situation all the more funny to me...

I went grocery shopping this morning, and another shopper and I struck up a conversation while waiting to get a price check. Well, I pointed out the high percentage in the hamburger after she asked me about another package of Angus ground beef. The package she held up was 14 percent fat, as opposed to the other package that was a whopping 43 percent fat!!! By now, we had a small circle of interested people around us and another woman pulled me aside and thanked me for pointing that out. And said that she's now a better shopper because of that.

Well, you know, maybe I wasn't the only person who didn't pay attention to labels. And now that I do, whenever I can answer someone's question, I'm always amazed that I know the answer! (smiling) However, there is soooo much more to learn and I am a slow student when it comes to changing lifelong eating patterns. But I am determine to put one foot in front of the other and keep on keeping on.

  
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SKYEFYR 6/29/2009 3:57PM

  Congratulations on inspiring someone else!

I love striking up conversations with people who are obviously reading labels and getting their thoughts / take on things. Isn't it cool being part of the "healthy eaters" club???

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/27/2009 3:32PM

    WTG!! Reminds me of when DD age 13 and I went to Price chopper earlier today. I (or should I say, WE) were comparing to different brands of Wheat bread... when a couple walked by us and kind of gave us a funny look... we just continued "This has 100 calories vs 110... and this has 3 fiber vs 1 fiber... " ect...

Marilyn, I SOOOO want a SP shirt!!! I've been eyeing one since I reached my ulitmate goal last November.

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MRSWIGGLY6 6/27/2009 3:14PM

    I can just see the picture now as you described. That is an awesome story to share. You might not realize it but your spreading the spark. You will find more of these situtations creep into your lifestyle.

Must of been something in the air today with the grocery scence as someone approached me in the grocery about my t-shirt I was wearing. The shirt I was wearing was my sparkpeople.com shirt. She wanted to know all about sparkpeople. So you gotta know me by now I told her all about it. tee hee!

Marilyn

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MSTELZER 6/27/2009 2:33PM

    I love it!!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us! Just goes to show how easily we can help others without really thinking about it at the time! You just helped some shoppers be more aware - that's wonderful!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonNicely done!!!!!!! I think this is so wonderful!!!!!

Michelle

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Jillian Advises How We Can Increase Our Energy With Our Mind

Friday, June 26, 2009

On her last Sunday radio show, Jillian discussed how we can boost our energy using some tips to change the way we think. I'll try to remember this as accurately as possible from my notes. First, she said to visualize. Not only positve results, but ourselves exercising. Says the mind responds as though we are actually doing the activity. Also, think premium thoughts, and that produces premium actions. If you think in a positive mode, you are bound to act in a positive direction. She advises to focus on solutions, not problems. And to use "tools" like music, books, etc. to boost our moods and ways of enhancing the quality of our thoughts. Finally, she really feels that meditation is important, concentrating on just being. Concentrate on your breath. All of this good advice, and I wish that I'd remember it all. Maybe little by little as time goes on?

  
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CAROL_ 6/26/2009 2:43PM

    Sounds great to me! Visualization is proven to work. I have visualization of myself at goal weight, on my "Tracking Other Goals". Never thought about visualizing myself exercising WHICH IS PROBABLY WHY I'VE HAD SUCH A HARD TIME GETTING STARTED IN EXERCISING.

Developing this daily habit is another Lifestyle Change.

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S_HANSEN 6/26/2009 7:01AM

    Yes, I believe she knows what she is talking about... while we exercise we also need to pay attention to what we are doing so that we get the results we are looking for. So many times I see people reading a book with doing the elliptical and not even thinking about what they are doing. that is not a good way to start out your exercise sessiion. We need to be intune with our bodies. When we are weight lifting we also need to put our mind where our muscle is. Thank you for sharing with us. Where do you live and what radio station is she on. I have never heard her on the radio. emoticonSondra

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MSTELZER 6/26/2009 3:19AM

    So true! Thanks for sharing this with us! I didn't hear this so I am glad you posted this!

Michelle

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My Scale Has Betrayed Me (How Can I Ever Trust it Again?)(p.s. You were right SPfriends - batteries!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

This past February, I got a great scale for my b'day. It's one of those that calculates BMI and whatever else. My other scale was good, but started to be "off" so I bonded with this new one. I've noticed some variation lately, but this morning was the last straw. Out of 10 consecutive times, I got six different readings! I thought I'd take the lowest which showed I've lost five lbs. (smiling) Major bummer on inaccuracy, so I dug out my old scale. YIKES! That one shows a 2 lb gain. So, I'm up a creek as to what to do about this new one. Maybe I'll just weigh multiple times and take the weight that comes up the most frequently? (Funny that I'd not even weighed myself from 1980 until Oct. 08 when I started this lifestyle change. For one thing, I never had to worry about weight. And for another, in the past couple of years when I started to gain, I was deluded and didn't bother with scales. When I finally got on it, I nearly croaked from shock. Now I can't believe that it matters so much.)

  
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CAROL_ 6/25/2009 5:49PM

    I betcha it's the battery.

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S_HANSEN 6/25/2009 4:16PM

    We do have odd relationships with our scales, don't we? Have you tried to change the batteries in the new one? That might help. Next time you go to the doctor get a reading on theirs and then see how far off yours is. Or you can use measurements instead to see how you are fairing. Hang in there, there has been many a time I have been tempted to throw mine out the window with the bath water!!!! emoticon emoticonSondra

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SKYEFYR 6/25/2009 12:30PM

  Could it be something as simple as your new scale needs a new battery? I can sometimes get multiple readings, but usually within a pound or so of each other. (Mainly because when it goes down I never really believe it's true and always double check.)

Give it another chance, and see about the battery thing. No reason to desert it just yet!

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SLCB1023 6/25/2009 11:50AM

    Instead of relying on your scale, how are your clothes fitting??? How do you feel today??? Do you take your body measurements?? Those are the true indicators of success. emoticon I certainly would love to pitch my scale too some days but realize it is just a scale and should not have control over my day's attitude. emoticon

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Happy 5- Month Sparkanniversary to Me

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Yes, today is my 5 month anniversary since coming to this terrific website. What have I learned/done? 1. Developing and reinforcing exercise and food tracking. 2. Learning from topics in articles and blogs. 3. Making new friends.
4. Maintaining a downward weight loss trend. 5. Reinforcing a healthy lifestyle by logging on daily and making me be accountable to myself and new lifestyle. I'm sure there are many others, but you get the drift. It's an anniversary worth celebrating. Hooray, hooray!

  
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S_HANSEN 6/24/2009 5:25PM

    Happy Anniversary to you! Good for you for all of those things that you have done or learned! Yeah! Keep up the great soul searching and the learning. In no time you will be at your goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonSondra

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RICH530 6/24/2009 7:46AM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Glad to see you feel you have some so far!! keep up the great work!!
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GRAYGRANNY 6/24/2009 7:40AM

    HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!
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CAROL_ 6/24/2009 1:44AM

    Is it 5 months since you started in Jan; or were you on Sparks before Jan and it's 5 years? Either way, congratulations!

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I Learn from Watching Others Doing Their Emotional Eating

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Last night, Kathy Griffen (My Life on the D List) was disappointed about not winning a Grammy. She immediately turned to food and I realized that this was another reminder and opportunity for me to reinforce what not to do with food. I could objectively see how we humans try to soothe our emotions with yummy stuff. But you know what? I could also see that she didn't enjoy it that much. I thought of the times when I've done the same thing and food really didn't taste that good in that situation. And, honestly? It does very little - or nothing - to alleviate the painful emotions.

  
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SLCB1023 6/25/2009 11:55AM

    Yes, I am beginning to realize that downing a box of donuts never really helped with the problem anyway. emoticon I am learning slow but hopefully steady.

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BINEMELLES 6/23/2009 5:43PM

    oh yes ... you are so right. that's the really weird thing - the food DOESN'T EVEN MAKE US FEEL BETTER. worse, it makes us feel guilty on top of being miserable already. i am so happy you and i have been able to break out of this vicious circle.
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S_HANSEN 6/23/2009 3:32PM

    I watched the same episode last night and found I had the same feeling as you did. You are right, it never does taste as good as you think it is going to feel. It is hard for our brains to get that though. You see our brains work on feel good chemicals and a lot of time when we are emotionally eating those chemicals need replenishing. So, if we went and exercised instead the same chemicals are released and our butts wouldn't get big... Have a good week... emoticonSondra

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