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I'll Blame It on the Full Moon

Saturday, August 08, 2009

These past two days, I've fallen off the wagon and not cared. First time since I started last October. Just wild abandon. Everything just came to a head (including crime activity on my street with 4 police cars and a helicopter overhead), but I couldn't understand why I felt so out of control. Then I realized it's not only been a full moon, but also an eclipse which is said to be an even stronger pull. If this can affect the tides, and the human body is mostly water, stands to reason that we can be affected as well. I've always felt different during the full moon. Yikes, maybe I'm a werewolf and don't even know it! (smiling)

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HICALGAL 8/11/2009 10:26AM

    emoticonat the werewolf in you. emoticon

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JAZZYJUDE 8/8/2009 10:20PM

    Hey Jesse - it's cool to be 'off' schedule for the past couple of days. In fact, it's good for you to 'let go' and do things/eat differently. Then when you are ready to get back on the 'wagon', you will have a good 'jump start'.

Relax babe, as I've said before, you gotta live too! We can't be perfect at all times and it's not necessary to do so. So, here's to a great jump start when you are ready!
emoticon Jazzy!!

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RICH530 8/8/2009 10:00PM

    I like your way of thinking!!! :-) I am sure you will be back on track in no time!!!!
emoticon Lee

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/8/2009 11:13AM

    two bad days out of the year wont hurt you to much. brush yourself off and start again. emoticon

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Tough Love in the Last Car of the Roller Coaster

Friday, August 07, 2009

Okay, after non-stop bumps in the road for a longgggg time, and doing everything I can to get over it all, sometimes I just have to treat myself like a kid and use tough love. I've been in this last car (the one that is said to feel everything the worst) of life's roller coaster and have tried every which way to enjoy the ride and figure things out. Running out of steam, I reach points where I just want to give up. NOT in a destructive way, but just by quitting daily life and going to live in a cave. It's at times like these that I have to be stern with myself and stay seated until I'm thinking straighter. I can definitely say that I am headed toward a creative solution in life. Like, buying a little camper and visiting all 50 states, throwing "normal" life to the wind. After losing so many people and things over the past couple of years, I am less concerned with jobs, survival, etc. than I am with drinking life up in big gulps. (and there are no calories! smiling) Here's to all of my sparkfriends - wishing you a fun, healthy, and happy day.

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CELLEBRUCE 8/8/2009 9:08AM

    I feel for your pain so strongly, but let me tell you from experience. Don't give up and live YOUR life as you want it. I failed to do so and it led me down a rough road for over 10 yrs. Now, I'm starting over and it's tough, but exciting to see who the new me is now!! Good luck!

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NOCALORIES 8/7/2009 5:55PM

    Hello! Thank you for being upfront and speaking your thoughts. We do not always like our thoughts;however if we type them and look at them we can look at ourselves and recognize the good that is ours. You are a magnificent lady who is most generous in her giving. Look around you and see the good that is available to you. You are essential to life. Life is being. Live today in the now of time.

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S_HANSEN 8/7/2009 3:23PM

    Have you ever read The Secret? I would suggest you do. I understand your feelings of giving up, but when you have feelings like that you are putting them out to the universe and they will come back to you. So, instead think of what you want in a positive light. You will get it back in the positive. I know that it sounds hokey, but it really works! Of course you can't just sit on the couch and wait for it, but the positive vibes help you to make the right decisions and move you forward in your life. I wish you all the best the world has to offer. You deserve it! Hang on tight, I see a huge drop coming up ahead and then it will level off... enjoy your weekend.

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RICH530 8/7/2009 3:05PM

    I can understand that feeling of wanting to give up. My life has not been going smoothly for a while and I feel exactly like that sometimes. But, hey, we know that what we really need to do is just look at things in a different light and find a new route to get to where we want to be!!! I love your creative solution to life!!!! I may try it myself!! Good luck to you!!!
emoticon Lee

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NEWBONNY 8/7/2009 2:07PM

I know just what you mean about wanting to just escape it all. I've often said I wish I could live live proactively instead of reactively. I guess it's just about our mindset. We are in charge of how we react to life and what it deals us. Sounds like your getting yourself into the right spot. Good for you.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I'll be camping with DH and three sons, so, not really escaping but good quality time with my most important people.

Take care,

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Is Food Tracking/Journaling A Forever Thing?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I need the advice of you advanced sparkies. After 9 months of daily food tracking, I'm wondering if it ends when you reach goal. Or do you do this for the rest of your life? Kinda tired of it, although I know that it is one of the tools that is invaluable in this process. Just curious to know what's what. Thanks! Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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AMYMLE 8/11/2009 11:48PM

    I was so tired to weighing and tracking, since I reached my goals, I've stopped tracking/recording, altough I will weigh food sometimes. I'm weighing myself regularly, so I can keep on top of things if I start to gain again. I'm considering weighing and recording again, maybe 3-4 days a week just to make sure I'm getting the recommended proportions of protein, fat and carbs. That was more difficult for me to get than even the calorie range. Weighing/tracking is something that I know how to do, and it's a practice I can always go back to if I find NOT weighing/tracking isn't working for me.

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JLITT62 8/6/2009 8:19PM

    I think it's different for everybody.

But as our substitute leader said today, she's been at goal for 20 years -- and still tracks, because she knows that's what works for her.

You can always try & see how it works if you don't track. But it's a small price to pay for being slimmer & healthier, I think.

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DDHEART 8/6/2009 4:29PM

    I agree with AurthurTom....we don't have to continue to always track on line or even in a notebook but we do have to do it in our head....take it from a former lifetime WW person who thought she could slack off....I'm here on SP to prove that I have learned I can't ever think this ends at some date or time or weight....even if I just do a mental tally.

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BABYFACE26 8/6/2009 12:14PM

    Yes, I was wondering about this myself. Glad i read your blog though, cause I think Im going to s tart writing it down, instead of always going online to do it. It will help my poor computer addled right wrist, for sure. Now if someone could tell me, how much is a portion of oatmeal? a cup? 2 cups?

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ZUZUBEE 8/6/2009 11:25AM

    I think that by the time you reach your goal, you will almost certainly being keeping a tally in your head, just out of habit. And I agree with JanetLee40, that once you are at goal weight, staying active will be the key to continual success. I have found the food logging very helpful during this weight loss process, but I don't plan on doing it forever and ever. I hope that I am imprinting on my brain some good eating habits and portion control that will stay with me a lifetime.

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ARTHURTOM 8/6/2009 8:26AM

    Within your question lies your answer. Tracking what you eat whether be it on paper, on an electronic medium or even in your mind will give you the lasting success that makes your health overall a success. You wouldn't be able to expect to stay healthy (lower in weight) if you abandon good, solid nutrition habits developed by the ability to track your foods, however it is that you do it.


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S_HANSEN 8/6/2009 8:21AM

    I have to say the opposite of the other comment on your blog.... I have been tracking food for years! Before the invent of the internet... I have always journaled my food. I find that it keeps you on track,a nd when you get off track you can look back and see where you went wrong. It is tough, and it is time consuming, but if you don't want to use the site, just simply write it down. In fact, that is what I do all day and then when I have time I input it into the tracker. I have found that people tend to underestimate what goes into their mouths unless they are held accountable. Accountability comes from writing it down and owning it. When you don't own it, you don't see it! I know from experience that those pounds creep up on you if you are not vigilant! You can do this! You deserve this! Don't give up!

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JANETLEE40 8/6/2009 12:59AM

    No Love it won't be forever. By the time you reach your goal(s), you will pretty much know what you have to do, to stay healthy and slim. However, It doesn't hurt to just keep a book/journal handy with you after you reach your goal. Why, you if you gain a pound or two during the can look back and recognize where you went wrong and know you can't make that same mistake.
Some people may choose to stay with the nutritional tracker on sparks so they don't have to deal with the weight issue.
I think after you hit your ultimate goal....staying active will be the key to all of this.
I hope this helps you. emoticon

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Giving Up Caffeine-A Never Ending Battle

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Even though I don't drink a lot of coffee (less than one full mug a day), it still makes me feel yucky. I've succeeded at quitting many times, only to start again with the gateway "drug" of decaf and then work my way into regular. The thing is, I get those dreaded migraines when weaning myself from coffee that are just horrific. And I have this notion that I won't have enough energy without it. But I remember how great I felt without the mud coursing through my body. (smiling) Funny thing is, I don't even care for the taste. Yes, I've tried herbal teas and all types of substitutes to play tricks on my psyche. Not sure at this point. Since this is such a stressful time with my very ill relative, I may need to hold onto this one security blanket of coffee for awhile.

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KITTYPAWS4 9/12/2009 10:09AM

  My caffeine issue is not so much coffee but DIET COKE!! I have managed in the past to get down to 1 12oz can a day, but find myself gradually moving to 2 then 3 etc. I know it is an addiction.

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FAIRFAUX08 8/7/2009 10:45AM

    You deserve a lot credit for at least attempting to abstain from caffeine! No one knows better than you how to achieve your best health. And from the work you've been doing and testing the waters, you'll ultimately come up with the best resolution. I did it for almost a year about a decade ago, but started drinking it again when I wanted to go to Italy and experience Italian culture. I'm a sucker for espresso now and I can't imagine having to give up again. But I would do so - only - if it greatly improved my health. Oh, and I love the statement about decaf being a "gateway drug." I couldn't agree with you more! emoticon

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BABYFACE26 8/6/2009 12:22PM

    Wow. That must be rough, getting migraines. So I can't advise you to try English breakfast tea or Earl Grey or some other brew that I drink.
Still has the caffeine. My acupuncture dr. told me it'd be good if I switched from coffee to tea, some years ago, so I did. I don't miss coffee at ALL now (and I Like the taste myself) .....there is less caffeine in the tea than the coffee. Maybe you could try it and see how you feel (esp. since u don't care for the taste of coffee!!!)
I use half and half in it, and Stevia for sweetener. I like caffeine. It improves my mood. Coffee doesn't agree with me. Hours later I feel a come-down fatigue. Good luck.

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SKYEFYR 8/6/2009 11:01AM

  For energy, try taking a b vitamin supplement. I'd get one of the ones with multiple b vitamins, not just b-12.

As for coffee, wean yourself off slowly. (As a fellow migraine sufferer that can be triggered by caffeine, I understand.) If you usually have an 8 ounce cup, have 7 for a couple days, then 6, and so forth. It worked for me, so fingers crossed it'll work for you too!

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FLORIDASUN 8/5/2009 8:48PM

    Coffee is my only one vice~~well maybe I have two vices when I count wine~~but I applaud you for recognizing it for what it is...when you can stop tell me how you did it..okay, okay?? emoticon

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JAZZYJUDE 8/5/2009 5:10PM

    You may think me crazy, but I went cold turkey on soda pop (a Pepsi freak here) on August 25 last year and the first few days, I had sone whopper of headaches and such. So, I took the Special K protein water and warmed it up and that helped me! The protein was the key to help aid my head from banging on the wall! lol

A couple of tips to try:
~ to drink a cup of Postum that taste like coffee but without the caffeine.

~ I like mint flavored drinks (helps curbs the appetite too). I would add a few mint extract in my drink of water, Crystal Light, or cocoa.

~ add unflavored protein powder (soy or whey) in your drinks to prevent headaches and add proteins in your daily count.

Good Luck! Jazzy!!

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DARLENEK04 8/5/2009 1:08PM

  Hey, I would not even think of cutting the coffee completely out
while you are in a stress situation with the relative. That would
be much more likely to trigger more headaches, which you don't

Have you tried dark chocolate cocoa? Or maybe just a smaller
cup on a daily basis???

I only have one mug of coffee a day, and I nurse it along while I
check my morning mail, and I enjoy it, but that is it. No other
coffee, tea, soda, just water...12 cups a day, faithfully....


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ISHIIGIRL 8/5/2009 12:26PM

    I think giving up coffee is like giving up air! I have cut way back though. Down from two huge mugs to just two normal cups every morning. If you are having stress then now is not the time to cut out the joe! Coffee has been proven to be beneficial with anti-oxidants and it helps prevent cavities, so it is not all bad. Stick with the java until times are easier and you can tuff it out with the decaf. Good Luck, emoticon

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S_HANSEN 8/5/2009 11:07AM

    I commend you for trying to give up the only drug that I partake in!!! If someone took my coffee or someone made it illegal, I would be buying it on the black market!!! I don't know how they did it when it was rationed in this country.... I wish you luck. I do have an aquaintance who was told by her doctor to give it up, and it took her about a year to do so and she says she has more energy than she did when she drank coffee!!!! Wow, that makes me want to quit the stuff, but I can't seem to!
I am wishing you success today... emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 8/5/2009 10:50AM

    Take my coffee away and you would be reading about a Rambo like assault on some areas of town where I live in! emoticon emoticon

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INDIRASALAS3 8/5/2009 10:27AM

    i have the same problem but i never use to drink coffee now after i had my twins i have to drink a cup of coffee every morning or i get an migraines but i don't feel so bad because is just one mug a day i have family members and friends that they have to drink at least 3 mug a day so don't worry you will win this battle emoticon

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Thanks to All My Sparkfriends

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I want to give a shout-out to all of those who responded yesterday to my blog regarding scale challenges. In fact, throughout my entire 6 months on SP, the people here have been an amazing support system. I just wanted to let you know that you're all appreciated. Here's to our continued success and have a fun day!

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S_HANSEN 8/4/2009 3:59PM

    Jessie here is to you as well... we are all apart of a team trying to help each other through our toughest challenges. Keep up the great team work and you dedication to being successful.

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RICH530 8/4/2009 3:06PM

    That is what a team is all about!! We are all here for each other!! I'm sure you are a great sorce of support to many other people!!! Keep up the great work!!
emoticon Lee

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