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To Go Raw or Not to Go Raw - that is the question!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Okay, I'm in awe over the results some sparkfriends are having with the raw diet. I've begun researching, and have to admit that it's like learning a new language. I've heard of juicers, but never really understood what they do, what they're for, etc. In fact, besides veggies and fruit, I can't even wrap my mind around what is raw. Sad, but true. I'm a product of this unhealthy food society and so far from raw that I'll have to keep researching. I've got a lot to learn and a lot more research to do. Even if I do this for 2 weeks, I feel that it might be what I need to get my metabolism jumpstarted out of this forever plateau I've been on.

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JLITT62 10/9/2009 4:53PM

    One raw food is really simple: salad!

I like raw food, but don't think I could ever go whole hog (ha ha). And the large amounts of nuts used in a lot of recipes doesn't seem real healthy to me.

I incorporate a little bit of everything into my eating style.

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MSLZZY 10/9/2009 11:48AM

    I have been researching this as well. I am really limited in what I can find here to make this work. So many of the items are just not available in a small Midwestern town. But I'll keep
searching for information! Good luck and let me know if you take this further. emoticon

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Almost October 13 - Exact 1st Year Anniversary Date

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I cannot believe that this year has evaporated so quickly since I started this healthy eating journey last Columbus Day. I started on that day since he was an adventurer and this change in my life would be a lifetime adventure. It's been quite a learning year with all kinds of feats - large and small. More exercise. Consistent sleep. Consistent water intake. 3 smaller pant sizes. 30 lbs. gone. Feeling so much better. Looking so much better. Cuter clothes now. Healthier body and mind. Countless good habits. Conscious grocery shopping including the ability to read and care about food labels. Found Sparkpeople in January of this year. Made new friends who've been an invaluable source of support, wisdom and encouragement.

BUT, with all this being said, I have been on this current plateau FOREVER with 20 more lbs. to go. This weekend, before my anniversary date, I have to outline changes I'll be making in order to get this remaining weight off. Funny, but I feel the heaviness so much more now. It's as though the lighter I've become, the more sensitive I am to feeling the extra weight. If that makes any sense.

Hooray for a great year of healthy lifestyle changes, despite a year full of tough life challenges. Being healthier has really helped me cope with things better.

Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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JLITT62 10/8/2009 2:21PM

    "It's as though the lighter I've become, the more sensitive I am to feeling the extra weight. If that makes any sense."

Makes total sense to me. I definitely felt those 4 lbs this summer!

Never, ever forget how far you've already come. Be patient with yourself, and just keep mixing things up -- the weight will come off.

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    CONGRATS on your successes! CONGRATS on your anniversary! AND, I'm excited for you and your new plan for FURTHER SUCCESS!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/8/2009 8:38AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary and your 30 pound weight loss! Most people that signed up the day you did are long gone from SP by now. You have done great. Next year, you will be writing about how you lost that other 20 pounds!

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MSLZZY 10/8/2009 8:08AM

    Happy Anniversary a little early! A much healthier you! Keep on Sparking!

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GRAYGRANNY 10/8/2009 7:46AM

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BOO-SHAY 10/8/2009 1:09AM

    Congratulations on hitting the 1 year mark, it also indicates you have made significant life changes, and done a lot of hard work. You should be proud!

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FREE NIGHT OF THEATER ACROSS U.S. - (Repeat blog for those who missed it)

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Starting today, two free tickets are available in cities across the U.S. to get more people involved in going to plays. The website is Then choose your city and list of plays available. Today at noon in San Diego, I'll be able to order two tickets to a play I want to see and am looking forward to it. From what I understand, if you don't see anything of interest today, check back. They will be adding more. Last week, I found nothing I liked. This week, I see one listed that I've wanted to go to. Hope many enjoy this freebie.

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PAM19681 10/7/2009 2:46PM

    Thanks for sharing that is so nice of you

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How Ingrained this Habit Really Is!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Night munchies have been my biggest habit to break. Even if I figure it into my daily caloric intake (which is rare), I have a hard time. Yes, I've tried every trick in the book and I must admit I do a lot better one year later (almost my first anniversary of eating healthy - Oct. 13) than I've ever done. It made me smile the other night. I was in bed and patting myself on the back at how I wasn't even hungry or eating out of habit. That thought alone started the urge for eating. And I realized that I was very much in control of the situation. But I made the choice to get up and eat anyway. Made me realize just how much of this journey is mental resolve. It was just a healthy snack, but totally unnecessary. Sometimes I amaze myself, and not in the best of ways. (smiling) Wishing all a fun day full of laughs.

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MSLZZY 10/7/2009 7:28AM

    Been there-done that! My inner child likes to come out and play. And last night, boy, did she play! Today I'm going to make her stay in her room! emoticon emoticon

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DEVA21 10/6/2009 9:45PM

    When I am mindful at times like you have described here, I like to try to figure out what voice in my head is telling me to go ahead anyway.

It is one thing when it is just habit and you are on autopilot, but when you are conscious of what you are doing and make the decision anyway, it it time to look in and figure out what that voice is needing and trying to tell you.

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WATERMELLEN 10/6/2009 9:04PM

    Love this blog. Aristotle had a word for this -- "akrasia" -- deeply familiar to me: I decide NOT to do something and then I do it anyhow. ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH. But -- if it's been happening since the time of the ancient Greeks, gotta be pretty basic to human nature.

At least it's something healthy and not potato chips!

PS no doubt it's called "akrasia" because -- it drives me crazy!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/6/2009 3:08PM

    I know. It's weird how we do things when we know full well that we don't need to be doing them. My big thing is to go grocery shopping with a list, stick to it and then right at check out do something stupid like buy a cake.

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KIZIDOG 10/6/2009 12:27PM

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that has night munchies. They are my problem too. I do try for the healthy stuff, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Congrats on one year of being on a healthy journey. Good luck to you. Star emoticon

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HAPPYPATTY1 10/6/2009 11:38AM

    Oh, yeah... that's me and Diet Pepsi... I know it's not healthy. I know I can live without out. I know I shouldn't. I think about it and think about it... and then I say "yep... gonna do it anyway." I'm trying to hold myself to one a day...

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ME & D3-A Match Made in Heaven

Monday, October 05, 2009

It sometimes takes a me several times reading info before it finally sticks. A recent example is D3. I'd read articles on SP, and then one night, an expert (MD) in this area was talking at-length on a radio show about the benefits of taking the supplement (wasn't selling the product, just giving info). About a month ago, a sparkfriend had recommended it to me as well. She'd had a lot of success using D3. Well, I've added it to my daily diet, and can really feel the difference. Sure, it could be placebo effect, but I don't think so. D3, as well as the Omegas I added, have really gotten me feeling better. The doc on the radio said that we are very deficient in this vitamin and went on to talk about the details of how our bodies use it. It's an inexpensive fix.

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MSLZZY 10/6/2009 6:51AM

    I need to get into the habit of taking my vitamins!

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    Thank you so much for sharing this information.


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