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This Past Week Has Been Off the Charts But Healthy Eating Has Saved Me

Saturday, August 01, 2009

I've written previously about my cousin, who is like a sister to me, and dealing with her terminal illness. This week was hospitalization and each day brought worse news than the last. To add to my sadness, grief and stress, I am helplessly 3,000 miles away and unable to go there at this point. (Doing a lot from a distance to line up services to help her on a daily basis.) I can honestly see the difference in how my body and mind have reacted to this extreme situation on such a healthier level since eating better. No sugar highs and lows to add to depression. No bloatedness from junk food to make me feel even more miserable. There was a feeling of steady healthiness that made me feel secure in my ability to cope. Hard to explain, but definitely a much better experience than eating myself into oblivion. If we take care of our body, it will return the favor. Thank you, body! (smiling)

  
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LETSSTAMP5 8/1/2009 10:41AM

  It could not have been said any better!!

Joanne

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RICH530 8/1/2009 10:34AM

    So glad to hear you are feeling so good!!! You are right, our health affects all others aspects of our life!! I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!!
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SURENDERISNOTME 8/1/2009 1:40AM

    You are going through a really tough time right now. Making the right food choices is a great success. I will keep you and your cousin in my prayers.

Debbie

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ARTHURTOM 8/1/2009 1:15AM

    As your physical health goes...so goes your mental...so I've been told.

There is something to be said about having proper nutrition day in and day out as you are finding out. It not only helps to build a strong body, but also a strong mind.

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Plateau Gone, Scale Bummer, and Miscellaneous

Friday, July 31, 2009

I am sooooooooooooooooo thrilled that that forever plateau seems to have left town. My body just didn't want to give up any more weight for the longest time. But I think that my Monday weigh-in day (I really try not to do daily, but I think I'm down 2 lbs.) will be a wonderful surprise. However, I've written about my scale woes before. I got a new one in Feb and it's a good one. But even though I've changed the battery, I get a different weight each time. So, I weigh about 10 times and take the most frequent number. I'm borrowing my friend's for the next few days. Tried to figure out my new pedometer, and wow, you almost have to be a rocket scientist. (smiling) Or, is it that I am so not a technical person? Have a good day, wonderful sparkfriends.

  
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S_HANSEN 7/31/2009 8:20PM

    I hope you are right about your weight loss! You deserve to have a loss, but whatever happens you are on the right path. You are working out and eating healthy food, so some day everything is all going to catch up and you will be reporting a mega loss. I can feel it.

Have a great, wonderful, happy, and successful weekend.
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MALI*DREAMS* 7/31/2009 6:37AM

    im glad your breaking through so have i and nothing feels better then 2 know that your looseing again if you ever need to chat im here

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ARTHURTOM 7/31/2009 5:51AM

    Scales in the home are notoriously inaccurate. It is for that reason that I do not have a scale at home. I weigh at the gym on the digital doctors scale there. I get the same result should I step on it twice in a row.

I know that going to a gym or purchasing one of those may be cost prohibitive, but you shouldn't let the scale rule your emotions regarding your plan...even if it is accurate!

Patience grasshopper...stick with your plan and even those inaccurate numbers will be less.

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OMG-I've Got the Night Munchies FINALLY Under Control!!!`

Thursday, July 30, 2009

This is nothing short of a miracle. After a lifetime of being able to eat anything, any amount, at any time without gaining a pound (until the past few years - yikes!), one of the bad habits of many I've had is night eating. That includes both being hungry sometimes, and just habit eating at other times. In any case, I can't say I've got it completely conquered, but I definitely have it under control so I am very thrilled. Hooray, Hooray!

  
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THEHULAMOON 7/31/2009 1:11AM

    I have to say it! You're on a roll! emoticon, Bon

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THEHULAMOON 7/31/2009 1:11AM

    I have to say it! You're on a roll! emoticon, Bon

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THEHULAMOON 7/31/2009 1:11AM

    I have to say it! You're on a roll! emoticon, Bon

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AMYMLE 7/31/2009 12:57AM

    Yea Jesse!
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AMYMLE 7/31/2009 12:56AM

    Yea Jesse!
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MSGIRL4 7/30/2009 11:33PM

    This is my big hurdle....munchies before bedtime. Congrats on beating it. I think I'm gonna try some of your tips - Brushing your teeth after a meal just might work for me. Cool idea emoticon

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S_HANSEN 7/30/2009 8:03PM

    Good for you. Could you tell me how you did it? I am having such a hard time with it lately. I never used to, and then some switch went off and it is all I think about. What is up? I am so happy that you concquered it, and hope that you continue on your successful path.
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ZUZUBEE 7/30/2009 11:46AM

    Congrats! I think this is probably something that almost all of us have dealt with - can't say that I've completely knocked it out myself. I've made a compromise to allow myself one last semi-healthy snack around 8 if I need. Something like graham crackers and milk, for example.

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SKYEFYR 7/30/2009 11:16AM

  Congrats!

What helped you get this under control? Strangly I've never had this problem before but it seems to be starting on me now. I want to nip it in the bud before it gets out of control!

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HICALGAL 7/30/2009 5:53AM

    i can so relate to how you feel... emoticon

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PETALDEAR 7/30/2009 5:45AM

    Woohoo! Great stuff. This one something I have had to work at too.
For me it was probably the main cause of my extra weight. I have to stay up late at night because of work I bring home and tertiary study.
I used to worry about it and eat - now I think - what is the point when I have stopped off at the gym on the way home. Why waste that time.
Sometimes the old thought patterns return - so thank goodness for water.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/30/2009 1:05AM

    Well, I've worked on a variety of solutions. Eating later into the day so that my last healthy snack cures whatever hunger is left over. Brushing teeth so that I'm not tempted to snack after that. Drinking LOTS of water to stay full. Making a protein shake if I get hungry. And just retraining my brain over the months to break the habit.

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JANETLEE40 7/30/2009 12:50AM

    YAY!!!! YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOURSELF!!!! KEEP IT UP AND SOON IT WILL BE A DISTANT HABIT OF THE PAST!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STARBUCKSMOMMY 7/30/2009 12:47AM

    That's something to be proud of! What did you do?

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Spark Teams - How Many are Enough or Too Many?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I used to belong to many teams, but then thought I should weed some out and have fewer. Did this in order to focus. But what do you think and how do you do this... lots of teams, or just a few that you work closely with to meet goals?

  
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SKYEFYR 7/30/2009 11:21AM

  My main motivation with teams is what they offer. Are they really motivational? Do I actively participate in them? Are they really about topics that interest me?

I read the blogs on my team pages. I think finding spark friends through those blogs is the most important contribution a team makes for me. When I don't have a lot to post and don't find a lot of motivational blogs on a team, I'll cut it from my list.

Look closely at the teams you're on, see which ones really work for you and help you. Then handle it however works best for you!

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HICALGAL 7/30/2009 5:51AM

    just a few that i have a good connection with the members. quality over quantity works for me. emoticon

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S_HANSEN 7/29/2009 5:06PM

    I belong to about 6 teams but really only active on 1 or 2. When I first started I was in many. You just have to see what works for you and what doesn't. Good luck!!!
Sondra

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MEADSBAY 7/29/2009 3:48PM

    I started out joining 10-12 and got all confused, emoticon
whittled it down to 4. emoticon
and now it's crept up to 6 again! emoticon
I hang out the most on 2 of them and just visit sometimes on the other 4.
Whatever works for you.
I think the personal connection is vitally important to our success, don't you?
elizabeth
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AMYMLE 7/29/2009 2:29PM

    I'm a member of 6-8 groups, but I'm active daily on 1 and about 1/week on another. I keep my other teams more as a way to let others know what I'm interested in, and if I have something come up I want to discuss with people in similar situations.

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ARTHURTOM 7/29/2009 2:04PM

    I was up to 11 at one time but chiseled it down to six.

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POUNDATATIME 7/29/2009 10:13AM

    It depends on your lifestyle. I think the important thing is to find a team that you connect with and enjoy posting on. Then the rest will come naturally.

I belong to several teams but there is only one that I'm active on. Sometimes my life is so busy that I don't have time to post on that one team.

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MRSWIGGLY6 7/29/2009 7:45AM

    It is really a personal preference. Some people like large teams and others like smaller teams. Personally I belong to a few teams but only active on two. Those are the ones that I am leader of. I do know if I wasn't leader that those would be the only ones that I would belong active in as well.

Marilyn

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KLEE46 7/29/2009 6:46AM

    I weed out any team where I am consistently the first poster and blogger. I have noticed some people like lots of teams, we are all different.

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CORNPICKER73 7/29/2009 6:00AM

    I think I'm a member of a few but really I only visit one regularly and another occasionally. I think one team where you find good support is plenty! Like Martmania says, otherwise it becomes too much to try to keep up with.

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MARTMANIA 7/29/2009 1:15AM

    I'm active on 2 and can barely keep up. At one point I was active on 4 and that was impossible for me. I'm thinking 1 or 2 is sufficient but depends on your interests and how much you can be on-line. Bigger teams you get lost in the shuffle, smaller teams nobody posts, so that's a hard one to figure if you're trying to "screen" teams to keep. Probably the ones you identify the most with are the ones to keep and then drop the others. I like the ones where maybe 10-15 folks are really active and then another 10-20 drop by periodically.

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Anyone Else Have this Problem w/ The Message Boards?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This has gone on for quite awhile, and only happens to my computer when I'm using the SP Message Board for over 10 clicks. Suddenly, it'll show about 20 blank pages/screens and lock up. It freezes my entire computer and I have to shut it down. I guess I'll not be able to use the Message Boards for over 5 clicks.

  
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RITAKJ1 7/31/2009 9:56AM

  I'm new to Sparkpeople...and I wanted to put in a comment on the message board, but I saw no place to 'click' to put in my comments (: emoticon

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AMYMLE 7/29/2009 2:30PM

    Sorry, no problem, no help here.

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S_HANSEN 7/28/2009 1:54PM

    I sure hope you figure this all out.. why don't you go and report it? Good luck.

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MARIE625 7/28/2009 10:20AM

    Well, I'm computer challenged and have no idea what "clicks" you are talking about, but.... Once a week or so, I have problems with the message boards. They just won't load. Well, I can get the original post, but it won't let me respond. The "reply" page just won't load. When this happens, I have to just not do anything SP related for about 5 minutes then I can go back to SP and everything works fine. Don't know why it does it, but....

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CORNPICKER73 7/28/2009 6:27AM

    I have not had that problem with SP. Very annoying!

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