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The Huge Importance of Breakfast

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Before I started eating healthier last October, I rarely ate breakfast. It was another one of those great lifelong habits that caught up with me and eventually bit me in the butt. As a kid, mom would preach about the importance of breakfast and made me eat it. But then that certain age comes when you just don't. "I'm not hungry," I'd protest. Over the past year, I have seen how very important breakfast is for all of the reasons we have read in the SP articles.

Yesterday, I learned a couple of additional interesting things from a magazine that I hadn't realized. The article credited the journal "Obesity" for the following - Eating cereal for breakfast every day may slash your risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 45%!

Scientists now site a satisfying breakfast as giving us the vitamins and minerals to satisfy the body's nutritional needs that help nix future cravings. Breakfast eaters are said to weigh up to 50% less on average than others who eat nothing for breakfast. Finally, people who eat breakfast are 4.5 times less likely to be obese compared to those who skip it.

Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 12:50PM

    Hey, I'm headed for the kitchen!

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WISTFULVISTA 9/27/2009 9:47AM

    Thanks for this! And a 45% lowering of diabetes risk?? I've got to get in the habit... - Susan

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HICALGAL 9/27/2009 12:16AM

    gotta have my oatmeal and fruit w/ground flax, cinnamon and honey.....yum! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/26/2009 7:51PM

    I couldn't do without my breakfast! Its my biggest, most calorie-laden meal of the day! But then, I do my heavy workout in the early mornings, so I need to fuel up to make it through the day. I do find the need for evening snacking is next to non-existent.

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RIPPEDPAUL1 9/26/2009 3:13PM

    I misread your title. I thought you wrote the importance of a huge breakfast and ordered the Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast! Ooops!

Actually I had my oatmeal in the morning with my cats and then off for a walk.

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    Thank you for the reminder of eating breakfast. My mom was the same way about scolding us about eating breakfast. As a child I disliked having to get up early enough to eat breakfast before school. Now I wish I had listened to mom about a lot of things. I eat breakfast daily now. It might be just yogurt. I still eat something before I start my day.


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JCORYCMA 9/26/2009 12:48PM

    I've got to start my day with some fuel!! Nothing elaborate, although I do like to go out on the weekend and have a nice omlet somewhere.
Thanks for reminding us the importance of breakfast. For many people that's a struggle!
emoticon (fried with Pam) emoticon (lean turkey bacon) emoticon (must have coffee)
Joanne :)

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JILLSMYTH 9/26/2009 12:27PM

  I wouldn't eat breakfast just because I was too lazy to get up the 10 minutes earlier. But once I started, I felt so much better and if I don't eat breakfast now, yikes!

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Still Battling the Night Munchies

Friday, September 25, 2009

This has been my biggest challenge during this year of healthier eating. It's such a lifelong habit, that it takes a million tons of willpower to resist. I'm doing better, and I've tried every trick in the book. Now I just let myself eat something nutritional (small amt.) and figure it into my calories for the day. It's a deeply ingrained pattern for me, so it'll be awhile before I can get rid of this night time raiding of the fridge. Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 12:54PM

    You can do just about anything you make up your mind to do.
Again, ditto MSLZZY!
Say, is she a cowgirl?

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MSLZZY 9/26/2009 7:10AM

    You can do it! Just keep the healthy snacks close by!

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    I have the same problem with night munchies. My DH has complained a little about me eating all the carrots in the house. They are my munchie snack. They are not high in calories. They taste good. I get the sweet baby carrots so they also help my sweet tooth. Good luck with curving the night time munchies.


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Maybe This Isn't a Plateau, But a Final Destination??? Yikes!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yesterday, I read that if you've been on a plateau for a long time, that it may be that's where your body will stay! I am completely blown away by that, as the thought had crossed my mind before. However, if I believe that, I'll stop working toward my goal of the last 20 lbs which will be so much more comfortable. I know that my body has not wanted to give up more weight for the longest time now, but I refuse to believe that this is all there is. There are way too many success stories here on SP to the contrary.

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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 12:52PM

    I totally agree with MSLZZY on this one.
Keep on keepin' on.
You'll get there.

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AMYMLE 9/24/2009 11:29PM

    I know you've been wrestling with discouragement for awhile now. Sorry you're having to go through this...but it will just make you stronger, right? emoticon (Yeah, I fun.) It could be there's this balance going on in your body...losing fat--weight goes down vs gaining muscle--weight goes up. If you're doing the right things, you know you're not adding fat. Perhaps you're just gaining muscle at the same rate (weight-wise) as you're losing fat. Remember to look for the little changes like belt notches, rings and clothes feeling looser, being able to exercise longer than you used to or lifting more weight than you could just awhile ago. I'm confident you've been making's a scale conspiracy.

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    I have hit plateau's in the past. It takes a while to get off that plateau. For me I had to change my eating habits again and my exercising program to get off each plateau. It might take a little time but it normally works. Good luck.


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JHADZHIA 9/24/2009 3:10PM

    I so know where you are at! Its happening to me too now. After steadily losing every month about the same amount, this month I actually GAINED 2 lbs! I was mortified! I am exercising my butt off and never miss tracking my calories, and if I go over, it is never by much. So I have to wonder the same thing you are. I wish you luck breaking out of it!

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TOBSKINNY3 9/24/2009 1:11PM

    You Can do this! This is what youhave wanted to do... show yourself you can do it.

WE are all here to back you up!

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MSLZZY 9/24/2009 12:46PM

    No, this is just one of those resting points in your journey. You know, like the ones on the interstate where you pull over and see what the lookout has to offer. Well, I went to the
lookout and decided to keep on driving! And you know what! The resting point (plateau)
disappeared from sight and mind and I made it to my goal. Just keep on driving! LOL! emoticon

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Catching Up W/ The Bad Girl Pounds Gained in August

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yes, by now I've blogged the topic to death about my boo-hoo month of failure in August. Which was devastating for me because it was the first time in 11 months that I didn't adhere to a near-perfect path of healthy eating. But I learned a lot, and am now working on the three pounds I gained during that time. Humbling experience, for sure. (smiling) Wishing all a great day.

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PEDIPOD 9/23/2009 2:20PM

    Boy, can I relate -- I had been so excellent from January on SP and got used to losing 2.5 lb per week, but August was trouble for me too. I don't know if it is a good idea to expect/build in a plateau for a rest, or just expect that there will be "bad" times. I thought I would NEVER re-lose, but here I am. But with help of SP, we'll forge on!!

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KIZIDOG 9/23/2009 1:39PM

    Yo-yo we all have learned and done it, learn from it and go on. Now you can do better. Just don't beat yourself up about it. You didn't get unhealthy in a short amount of time, and you will not get healthy in the same time. Just remember when you are being bad, enjoy it, then turn around and do what you need to do. Star emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/23/2009 10:55AM

    Two steps back, one step forward. Such is life! August is behind you and September is half gone but you can recover and I know you will! Think positive and do the best you can!
You are worth the effort and you can do this!

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8 Months on SP-Thank you, SparkGuy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I celebrated today by sending Chris, the Sparkguy, a thank you goodie. And I try to give back by buying SP items when I can, and spreading the SP when I go out by wearing my SP shirt. I really appreciate all that this site has done for me in helping me continue down the right path. Thanks tons, Chris!

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KIZIDOG 9/22/2009 6:01PM

    emoticon emoticon Think of all the changes in your body and your thinking over the past 8 months. Great job. Star

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MSLZZY 9/22/2009 7:11AM

    Congratulations and happy anniversary to you! You have done an awesome job. Just keep on Sparking! emoticon

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