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Day 1 - No Coffee

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I've been through this before, and wow, am I in for days and days of migraine-like headaches! Even though I don't drink much coffee, I've decided that I really don't like a lot of things about it and that the slight energy-boost is not worth it. It's the only source of caffeine in my life and time to expunge it. Day 1 reminds me how much of this process is so much mental, as well as physical. What do I miss initially? The warmth of holding the cup while I do SP, etc. Yes, I do have herbal tea handy to still be able to do that. Fortunately, I do not like the taste of coffee any longer. Knowing I was going to do this, I purposely eliminated any condiments that would make it taste yummy. Like vanilla or similar. I got to the point where I'd be drinking it and wondering why I do this to myself when I just do not like the taste anymore. I know I'll make it through the day and then the headache will begin. Yikes. That's the hardest part.

As far as a raw diet, I've decided it's not for me. I will, however, add more raw stuff to my days and learn from some of the tips of that regimen.

Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

  
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HOKU-ALOHI 10/12/2009 12:41AM

  Hey SlimmerJesse!

With all the fast paced life here in San Diego, seems like for many, coffee is the norm. Although I am a non-coffee drinker I was still stuck with doing the morning Starbucks run for the Execs, on my way in to the office for Wednesday morning meetings.

I salute you on this healthy habit! I may not drink coffee, but I had a crutch for keeping up with the Execs. Depending how much ZIP I needed there was always Pepsi, Coca-Cola, or Mountain Dew. When I finally went cold turkey on these caffeinated drinks, I had headaches from the caffeine withdrawals for weeks. Plus there went my fake energy.

It feels good to be healthy, drinking the 8 cups of water daily, eating 3 servings fruit and 5 servings of vegetables lately. These along with the exercise have made me a new person. I have noticed these great changes with you as well. Love how we can plan and track it all with SP.

Lots of best wishes on your continued successes of health and thank you for sharing your stories in your inspirational blogs!

emoticon Congratulations! You have won the trophy for "Just say NO to Cuppa JOE!"

Aloha ~ Maya
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MSLZZY 10/10/2009 10:54PM

    I do drink coffee but much prefer tea-any flavor and herbal if it is available.
Sorry about the migraines.

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/10/2009 10:38PM

    I agree with you take all the stuff that makes it taste decent. I couldn't drink coffee any more either. Then again I don't drink coffee hardly any more. Depends on if I go out for breakfast then I will. I don't go out an do breakfast but 1 a month.

Debbie

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JLITT62 10/10/2009 11:17AM

    I have never had coffee in my life. Or beer, for that matter. Never understood the need to have something you have to acquire a taste for. I do love wrapping my hands around a warm mug of tea every morning (herbal or decaf, btw).

But I feel for you!

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BUBBLES1541 10/10/2009 10:53AM

    Way to go! I can't give up my coffee..... :(

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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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FAMILYTRADITION 10/8/2009 9:12AM

    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

    CONGRATS ON THE HEALTHY LIFESTLYE AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
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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 www.freenightoftheater.net. 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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