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The Ballad of Another Lesson Learned (Do these lessons ever end?)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I was so proud of myself. From October '08 until August '09, I didn't even crave sugar so that made it easy not to eat it. I didn't feel deprived, which was nothing short of miracle since I've always been the sugar queen of the universe. (smiling) But then I read an article saying not to deprive yourself of anything or be too rigid, as you might run the risk of sudden derailment.

Okay. I get it. Then, August was the first time I fell off the program after being "almost perfect." (not a perfect human being - smiling - just a near-perfect program) Yes, too rigid. I ate a little more of this and that, but not even close to what I'd eaten in the days before healthier eating.

I learned a lot during that month of "failure." In fact, in retrospect, I no longer consider it a failure since I learned so much about myself and eating in that month. I brushed myself off and found it easy to use the tools I've learned to get headed back in the right direction.

Then came October 22, 2009. A week before that, I'd worked sooooo hard with mega-exercise to the nth degree. When I saw that it did not make the scale even quiver slightly, I subconsciously took that info and tucked it away to use when I needed a "who cares" attitude.

My opportuntity came on October 22 when, before going to see Lion King, I had dinner with a friend. At that time, I realized that I didn't even really WANT sugar, but somehow I wound up ordering dessert. I rationalized that I'd exercised so hard w/o losing a pound, and if that was going to happen (I've been on a forever plateau). then who cares? (not a forver who cares, just for that night - or so I thought.)

In one of my blogs, I'd discusssed that I'd been trying to teach myself the "little bit" thing, and trying to get out of the all-or-none syndrome. That it's the first few bites that are said to be the most rewarding and the rest is downhill from there. But I ordered the dessert, and I was determined to forget the rules and just enjoy it. Which I did - kinda...

I really didn't do the "little bit." I had a honkin' piece of caramel cheesecake with so many additions it would make your head spin. And that's just what the sugar did to me. During the play, I was so dizzy and my body wanted to reject that sugar.

Of course, it's seldom a "one night" or one time thing. It was my gateway drug and for the following days, right up to Halloween, I had sugar. No, not as much as the sugar queen of the universe used to have, but way more than the almost-year of absolutely none.

Last Sunday night, upon taking a close look at myself (in many ways) and soul searching, I knew I was at a juncture. I could become a sugar junkie again, or live without it and feel great. I know I made the right choice.

The reason the Pampered Princess award this week was terrific timing is that it was a triumph of my decision to live without that which I really no longer want, need or can physically accommodate. Not only am I sugar free, but also caffeine free after a very tough detox last week. In a way, I'm glad this happened and made me make the choice. It was like a recommitment to myself rather than the substance.

And, guess what, today's weigh-in - 1 LB. DOWN! I think I'm done with this forever plateau. And I KNOW I'm done with sugar. Hooray, hooray!

  
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WOLFSPIRITS 11/6/2009 10:30AM

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ANEWY0U 11/6/2009 9:00AM

    Congratulations...keep up the good work! Talk about forever plateau's!!! 3yrs I did not budge, but I am here to tell you...Keep persevering...live your new healthy lifestyle and know inside that you ARE healthy and fit!!! It will happen I promise...I hope NOW is your time!!!

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VICIOUS421 11/6/2009 5:59AM

    Congratulations! I know that had to be hard but losing a pound is awesome!

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JLITT62 11/6/2009 5:45AM

    Good for you! I wish I could give up sugar altogether. I know I'd be healthier. Thankfully, I have learned to eat in moderation, but it took a really long time to get there.

Congrats on losing the pound! And all your insights into yourself. That's what it's all about.

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THEADMIRAL 11/5/2009 9:01PM

    That is awesome! emoticon emoticon I'm happy for you, not only for the weight loss but you're STRONG kicking that sugar and caffeine emoticon

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/5/2009 7:48PM

  OMgosh!!! That is so awesome Jesse!!! Talk about will power, commitment and determination...you are soaring my friend!!!
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MSLZZY 11/5/2009 7:48PM

    Good for you! You are a winner! emoticon

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KIZIDOG 11/5/2009 7:31PM

    You are doing terrific. Sugar and caffeine free you are definately my hero. Keep up the great work. You will soon reach your goals. Star emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/5/2009 6:22PM

    Life is all about learning lessons some are not the easiest to learn. You did good. Keep up the posittive attitude.

Debbie

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Deleting Old Messages on My Page & It's An Eye Opener

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

First of all, anyone know an easy way to delete old messages from sparkpage other than one at a time? Over the past 10 months, over 600 messages have slowed my page down a bit when folks try to add messages. I'm going back to January to delete old ones. Wow, it's a walk down memory lane to see old friends who are no longer on SP, but who were a big part of encouragement for me. And pleasantly surprised to find folks who've been there from the beginning. Overall, it's made me feel good that I've stuck with it because I'm usually not a "joiner" and even resisted the discipline of logging in daily in the beginning. (Have to admit that I sometimes rebel now. But it doesn't last long.) In doing this, I have noticed that I have been so much more consistent in my exercising, logging food, and keeping up with current health issues. Hooray, hooray!

  
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1NICUBABE 11/4/2009 5:57PM

    I'm with you on the not much of a joiner thing. It is interseting to read some old comments and to even reread some past blogs. Nice to see how far we've come. Have a great week and keep on sparkin'. Mary Beth
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WOLFSPIRITS 11/4/2009 4:23PM

    IT WILL TAKE ALONG TIME IF YOU DON'T KEEP UP ON IT. HA HA HA HA emoticon emoticon

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FAMILYTRADITION 11/4/2009 1:26PM

    I really love reading your blogs, I enjoy your perspective, also how you make me look to my own future.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/4/2009 1:04PM

    I also was not a joiner I'm much more a loner hear my own music and go my own way..I've experienced the same thing some I don't see anymore and some new ones along the way...still working I'll be real consistant then days I just don't want too..but it's always a place to come and know others are here for support..at my age I never thought I'd see the day that I would be surfing through the virtual world and be getting encouragement and support through the web..go figure..its' all good have a great day emoticon emoticon

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SKYEFYR 11/4/2009 12:32PM

  I don't know any quick answers to how to delete, but I would suggest that before you do you print those good comments out. We all have down days, and if going back and reading them can help pull you out of a slump or boost you up, it's worth the effort to print them and keep them around.

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Thanks to all Who Sent Goodies/Warm Wishes for Pampered Princess of the Week

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Just wanted to thank everyone for their warm wishes and goodies on my being selected as Pampered Princess of the Week. This has been a great team fromDay 1, and I appreciate the support, encouragement, wisdom, and advice. Very kind people. Thanks very much!

  
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MSLZZY 11/3/2009 10:32PM

    You should be pampered! The best for the best! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:54PM

  You should always treat yourself like a princess!

Congrats on the honor.

(I think I'm all caught up now!)

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Should I Give Up Dairy to Lose The Rest of My Goal Weight?

Monday, November 02, 2009

I've been eating dairy for the nutrients we know each item contains. However, I've read several articles that advise to give up dairy completely for optimal health. I'm cornfused! (smiling) Yes, I'm a cheese eater (within calorie daily goals), and I drink non-fat milk and eat eggs. Perhaps just cutting out the eggs? Having learned so much during my first year of this healthier eating adventure, I realize that there is SO much more to learn. What has worked best for you? To dairy or not to dairy, that is the question.

  
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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:54PM

  Humans are the only ones who still consume dairy after their first year of life. Any other animal is weaned and the they lose their tollerance for it.

Studies are showing that many more people suffer from milk allergies than before realized. (And no, eggs don't count.) There are varying degrees of intollerance, but many people are happier without it. Today, it's pretty easy. Soy milk, rice milk, calcium fortified foods.... My ex was diagnosed lactose intollerant and it was really hard finding anything back then outside of going to the health food store! Oh, and they have ice cream that is lactose free. And health food stores have soy-based cheeses.

Personally, unless I start having major side effects, I'm sticking to milk. I love the stuff. My ex tells me that flavor has come a long way on the lactaid and lactose free stuff, but I'll stick to milk personally. And something to think about. If you have an intollerance and give up milk for 7-10 days, your body will really rebel if you try and put it back in. So be sure you want to know before you try! What might be a minor allergy now could become a major pita if you give it up and try and go back to it.

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FLORIDASUN 11/3/2009 9:44AM

    Hi dear one...I gave up dairy pretty radically when I went RAW/CLEAN..it was a stretch for me who poured 3 times as much skim milk into her cup as coffee. I gave up coffee with the RAW challenge and the first day I had a SPLITTING headache..I was a hard core coffee drinker..3-4 BIG cups every morning but nothing more throughout the day or evening. Surprisingly when I had my fruit smoothies to look forward to I completely lost the craving for it. Amazing by any stretch of the word..because I was close to an addicted coffee lover. I also LOVED cheese...all cheese any kind of cheese..the more the better.. I don't even miss it now and on my RAW/CLEAN I can still have small amounts of RAW goat cheese or sometimes when I have a Greek Salad I'll have the little bit of feta.

Here's the secret..you have to do your own research and then make your own choices...I happen to think our dairy supply, especially our milk and eggs are for the most part tainted..full of hormones and chemicals from the animals that they come from...I'm sure there are some organics out there if you can find them that still might be healthy. I also think that when these foods are tainted that they do strange things to our bodies...I'm telling you I am NEVER hungry eating REAL food...I was ALWAYS hungry eating processed food...I'm living proof..real food is the way to go!
That's my two cents worth..but you have to find your own journey..and you'll find it as soon as you start doing the research..check out my blogs..there is plenty of research to be found! Whoop da! emoticon emoticon

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/3/2009 1:28AM

  Good question...I love my fat free milk and I live my fat free soy milk. Just kind of depends on the day for me. I love mostly low fat mozzarella cheese but I also love goat cheese.

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THEADMIRAL 11/2/2009 9:13PM

    Maybe it's something to bring up with your physician? I wasn't much of a milk drinker until I married DH, who is a big-time milk lover. So I drink milk with breakfast every day. I really enjoy yogurt and have eaten it for years.
Since I'm post-menopausal and I don't like to take pills of any sort let alone calcium "horse" pills, my GYN doctor told me to eat extra yogurt.
Of course, exercise increases the strength of our bones, regardless of age.

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JUSTDOIT011 11/2/2009 3:16PM

    When I ran out of my skim milk one week, I was short on my calcium intake every day. So, I always have skim milk around now, to keep my calcium levels up. Bone mass for women peaks around the late 20s, so it's really important to build strong bones before it's literally too late and your body can't build up its bones any more. I also loooove my plain nonfat yogurt (with berries!) so I couldn't give that up. It's how I get 60+g of protein/day. Just make sure to keep all your macronutrient and micronutrient levels up, whether you decide to eliminate dairy or not!

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MSLZZY 11/2/2009 2:20PM

    I haven't given up dairy as I really like my yogurt daily.
I drink milk occasionally but even do not use butter or cream as much as I did when I was younger. I never noticed if it made a difference in weight loss or gain. Sorry, I'm not much help on this issue.

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TYLERDRANGUET 11/2/2009 1:23PM

    Maybe just a glass or two here and there, but make sure that you keep you calcium levels up. Other than that, you decision. Personally, I couldn't live without my yogurt.

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LEONALIONESS 11/2/2009 1:22PM

    I don't eat dairy or eggs (or meat or fish ... or, you know, any animal bits) and I'm perfectly healthy. It may not be necessary to give up any of them to lose weight but I feel MUCH better not eating them.

Most humans are intolerant of dairy to some degree or another. I actually just read an article about lactose intolerance actually being the norm and lactose tolerance the odd thing. It's really an American/European thing to do so much dairy.

In many cases, folks who give it up feel a lot better. When you feel borderline unwell all the time you get used to that as your baseline. When I gave up dairy I was amazed at how much better I felt.

IMO, it's worth a try. You absolutely do not need dairy to be healthy. I really dislike how it's pushed on everyone even though it's a statistical fact that most humans can't tolerate it to varying degrees. Cow milk is for baby cows. Period.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/2/2009 12:36PM

    I didn't start losing until I started the dairy. I needed not only the calcium but the protein as well. Go figure!

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JYATES77 11/2/2009 12:20PM

  You need the calcium and I have read that one 8oz glass of milk a day helps with wieght loss. Try giving up the cheese. emoticon

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JLITT62 11/2/2009 12:18PM

    Well, we need calcium -- but not necessarily dairy. Yeah, it's definitely confusing. I don't usually eat a whole lot of dairy, but obviously I do love my cheese. So I have it in moderation, but drink soy milk (which has its own set of problems, of course -- everything does!), eat tofu, etc. etc.

Oh, and I don't consider eggs to be dairy. They're the perfect protein! Again, in moderation.

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VVKIMBO07 11/2/2009 12:04PM

    I wouldn't give up anything you love completely. I find that giving things up make you crave them so much more and then you might indulge a little too much after a while and can derail your entire program. But that's just my personal experience from the past.

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Goodbye Daylight Savings, Hello Sunlight Lamps

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I decided to create my own indoor extended daylight this year. When darkness falls early, I feel like it's time for bed and have to push myself to make the evening hours meaningful. Really don't want to go through the winter like that. Started researching sunlamps and, to my surprise, they are actually very affordable. I found great deals on both Amazon and Ebay. For now, got two sunlight lamps and have started turning them on before the time change to see how I liked them. They are definitely a soothing influence on the indoor environment. I'll use the dark nights to get into my exercise dvd's so I don't become a hibernating bear. (smiling) Happy November to all!

  
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WOLFSPIRITS 11/3/2009 7:01PM

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:45PM

  Thank you for the reminder! Last year I was lucky enough to work in front of a great big window and get morning sun. For the last three years I haven't had a problem with SAAD (or however you spell it). I need to think about a light right now, before it starts.

Do you really like yours? Would you recommend them?

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/1/2009 7:57PM

  Hooray Jesse! emoticonlamps sound awesome and talk about emoticon health benefits. For years Daylight Savings meant twice a year I get jet lag and have not gone anywhere. This year for the first time ever, I don't even feel it. Wow...another win thanks to SP's healthy lifestyle.
Ciao for now (((Hugs))) of Aloha ~ Maya

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MSLZZY 11/1/2009 4:06PM

    I'm checking them out today!

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