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A Thank You to All Veterans on Veterans Day 11/11/09

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just a short and sweet thank you to all of our veterans and their families' countless sacrifices.
I have never forgotten and have always thanked when I met/meet up with someone who has served. Did this before it was the thing to do. You are appreciated, not just today, but each and every day.

  
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KIZIDOG 11/11/2009 6:08PM

    Totally agree. A Huge Thank you Star emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/11/2009 8:50AM

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DAWNLUVSPUPS 11/11/2009 8:31AM

    emoticonDouble Ditto from me!!

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DARLENA3 11/11/2009 8:28AM

    Ditto

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MSLZZY 11/11/2009 7:45AM

    Well said! Thank you!

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VICIOUS421 11/11/2009 4:35AM

    I agree with you too. Thank you for the reminder we should be grateful each and every day!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/11/2009 2:45AM

  Totally agree with you Jesse!!!
emoticonto all service personnel along with their families each and every day.

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A Book Worth Rereading That Will Change the Way I Eat Permanently

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I rarely reread a book, but will do so with Dr. Kessler's "The End to Overeating." Knowing how foods are engineered so that we actually become addicted to them and literally "can't eat just one" is eye-opening. Knowing that some of that went on, I didn't realize the extent. It's important for me because, when I understand something, I am more likely to be successful at avoidance due to the content of most food. It's also valuable to realize that it's not just a matter of self-control. That it's a matter that hyperovereating gets imprinted in the brain and becomes a habit/addiction since it activates pleasure center paths. There are a number of reasons we may not be able to stop overeating by sheer willpower. In fact, if unaware of the physical dynamics, he explains why trigger foods are so powerful and can claim you back even if you've stayed away from them for awhile. Which is what happened to me as described in a recent blog.

Not only are foods engineered to keep you coming back, but to melt away fast in your mouth with the least number of chews so that you have to eat more and more.

It's worth checking out at the library if you can't buy the book. This is one of three, so far, that I'll be using as a reference as I continue to change my eating habits.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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SKYEFYR 11/11/2009 9:58AM

  Thanks for the recommendation. I'm going to head over to Amazon and order it for myself now. I'm good about reading labels, but maybe there's something I'm missing. After all, knowledge is power!

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DAWNLUVSPUPS 11/11/2009 8:22AM

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BEAMISH7 11/11/2009 7:22AM

    Interesting. I think I will check it out. Thank you for the info.

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VICIOUS421 11/11/2009 4:32AM

    Great, Thank you!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/10/2009 6:19PM

  emoticonAwesome - thank you!

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DARLENEK04 11/10/2009 3:11PM

  Thanks for the heads up on the book. I'll see if our library has it.

Darlene

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FAMILYTRADITION 11/10/2009 12:58PM

    I'll have to check that out!
Thanks for the info!

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BIKERBABE2BE 11/10/2009 12:04PM

    This explains emotional eating...the "I'll feel better if I eat this bag of chips". Thanks.

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/10/2009 11:48AM

    I SHOULD OF WENT WITH RON, HE IS AT THE LIBRARY RIGHT NOW. emoticon emoticon

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PRINCESSDIETER 11/10/2009 11:45AM

    Oh, I was looking at this at amazon and almost bought it. I might go ahead and get it now. THANKS for the review.

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Exercising hard, eating right, and .... UP 4 LBS???? What's up with this?

Monday, November 09, 2009

I thought I was off this forever plateau, having lost a lb last week. When I awoke this morning, I promised myself that I'd get on the scale for Monday's weigh-in and not let any number bother me. Since I've been exercising hard and eating right, in my heart I felt that I'd be down again. Nope! Up 4 lbs. I'm not going to let it ruin my day. I know I'm still maintaining good health, but I really have to admit utter frustration over this since I've been working so hard. Makes me feel like... no, not giving up. But just not working as hard. (p.s. Thanks a ton, sparksfriends. I am going to follow advice here. Especially paying attention to measurements and not just the scale.)

  
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HOKU-ALOHI 11/9/2009 3:42PM

  Lots of great support and awesome comments here. Just wanted to let you know that I totally love your positive attitude!

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ABIGAILSING 11/9/2009 3:00PM

    Ditto with Corina. Losing inches while holding plateau or gaining weight when we are eating right shows muscle building up while fat - the bad fat, goes away. Be sure you are using that measuring tape.

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ANMAIREE 11/9/2009 2:29PM

    As you know our bodies do what they want to...I didn't even budge the scale myself and I did a more intense workouts this past week...Like you I feel very healthy and happy

Best Wishes & Don't let it get u down...

KEEP PUSHING & KEEP SPARKING
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SKYEFYR 11/9/2009 2:28PM

  Unfortunately, I can empathize all too well.

*hugs* We'll just have to find a way to show these stupid plateaus who's boss! (And it's not them, it's us!)

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FLMOMX2 11/9/2009 1:38PM

    You are doing fine. Next week, you'll probably see the scale drop again.

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FAMILYTRADITION 11/9/2009 12:42PM

    You know, especially in the short term it's not abnormal to gain a little before you lose, your body is going through a lot of changes with your lifestyle changes. Maybe you should put the scale away for a little while and focus on you and the success you have---you have been working out consistently!

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MSLZZY 11/9/2009 12:26PM

    I agree with the rest of the comments. Sodium can play a big factor-been there, done that!
Use your measurements as a guide and give the scale a rest. It is just too tempting to let it have the final say in how much success we are having at any given time. Just keep on working hard because I know you can do this. Plateaus are so frustrating but stay positive! emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/9/2009 11:57AM

    You are not giving up an that is the right thing to do. There are a couple of things that could cause the scale to go up. You might need to change up your exercise routine a little. Keep on track and hang in there.

Debbie

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JLITT62 11/9/2009 10:31AM

    Not working as hard might actually be the answer. Only you know whether you're really eating as well as you should, whether it's just a fluke, whether you happened to have more sodium before weighing . . . you get the picture.

Sometimes, tho, when we work out harder, we actually do put on weight. One of life's little ironies. I always take these setbacks as a reminder to take a good, hard look at myself and be really honest with myself, too. And usually I come out the other side a wiser, stronger person.

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LCOBB46756 11/9/2009 10:27AM

  Don't give up. That's the easiest thing to do.. trust me.. Keep trying, I encourage you as I encourage myself....

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CORINA-MOMOF4 11/9/2009 9:43AM

    Do you also do measurements? My husband would also get frustrated sometimes with the "number on the scale" After working out all week and eating well - that number would go up... BUT, the measurements either 1) went down or 2) stayed the same...

measurements are much more accurate than that number on the scale.

Don't give up - you are doing great!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/9/2009 9:23AM

    That's the attitude to take never give up having dealt with more up and downs the key is ..don't give up...could have been alot of reasons..sodium,not enough h2o, or just that time where you are holding fluid...keep blogging and never quit emoticon emoticon

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GRFXGIRL 11/9/2009 9:21AM

    Don't give up .. this too will pass and you will hit your goals. Sounds like you have been doing a great job so far !! emoticon

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What a Difference A Day Makes

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Just some miscellaneous thoughts before I head out. Yesterday was a turning point for me with caffeine. I had my fingers on all kinds of exotic flavors of coffee on my way to the store's register. I even considered decaf, but that doesn't work for me. A helpful sparkfriend didn't even know how helpful she was being in telling me that she doesn't like coffee. That reminded me that I really didn't like the taste at the end (before I gave it up last week) either. So why then was I so fixated on it yesterday? Who cares why, but the bottom line is that I did not succumb and today I don't even want it or care. I think that was the day that I could have easily relapsed. With every good decision, I strengthen that resistance muscle.

I'm reading Dr. David Kessler's book, "The End of Overeating." He's got so much interesting information, including how sugar, fat and salt are engineered into our foods to make us addicted to coming back for more. (and more and more...) He notes that rats will work almost as hard to get to sugar as they do to get to cocaine. These are powerful substances that fire pleasure neurons in the brain. Oftentimes, it's not just willpower that will conquer them, but establishing new pathways for those pleasure neurons. It's a good read.

Have a wonderful day.

  
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VICIOUS421 11/9/2009 4:59AM

    Congratulations on not getting the coffee! Way to go!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/8/2009 2:12PM

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/8/2009 9:44AM

    your blog was very insightful and true. the more sugar you have the more you want. i think i do better on my weight loss then most is because i don't do soda, or maybe one a month have a desert with sugar. i drink tea without sugar. and make most of my own dinners,and lunches so i don't get a lot of salt. my downfall is coffee only one cup a day with a little sugar. but i did notice that i had more energy when i didn't drink it and i weighed less also. good blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/8/2009 7:14AM

    I am glad you are feeling better. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 11/8/2009 1:32AM

    Thanks for your message and I'm going to have to buy that book and read it. Take care and enjoy your bike ride.

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WATERMELLEN 11/7/2009 9:47PM

    This is very interesting -- and thought provoking!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/7/2009 8:06PM

  Great blog Jesse! I enjoy your exploration through the sensory pleasures of coffee and food in general. It's the bitter after effects of all food and drinks that catch us. Excellent job at dropping out of the vicious cycle.
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JLITT62 11/7/2009 6:48PM

    Sounds like an interesting book. Yup, making almost all my own food is definitely part of my success -- just wish it wasn't so time-consuming -- but that way, at least I know what goes into it.

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ANMAIREE 11/7/2009 2:28PM

    Happy 4 U...Keep up the HARD work emoticon emoticon

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ANMAIREE 11/7/2009 2:28PM

    Happy 4 U...Keep up the HARD work emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 11/7/2009 12:55PM

    Very interesting! Great work with stopping to think about what you were almost ready to do and why/why you shouldn't and then winning the battle.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/7/2009 12:13PM

    Wow sugar and cocaine..interesting stuff never had the latter but sure do know what an out of control crazy lady can do when she wants it and wants it NOW...nice job with the coffee ..I enjoy my coffee but I'm good one in the morning and one after dinner..nice blog keep up the good work

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Week Two of No Caffeine-The Downside of No Coffee

Friday, November 06, 2009

Okay, I know I shouldn't be thinking this way. But I am. I focus on the healthy benefits that are reasons I detoxed last week. But I can honestly say that there is an appreciable difference in energy level without coffee. Even with more protein and exercise, I can feel such a huge decline in that "spark" of energy. And I go through that evil self-sabotage of feeling deprived. "Everyone else is able to enjoy coffee, but me" syndrome. Hate to think I'm so dependent upon anything, but hey, then I come into the "how 'bout a little bit" way of thinking. And that's what lead to drinking coffee in my adult years in the first place. The smell of it is everywhere in public places, and seems to be a comfort thing when the weather gets a bit chilly. Now that I've had my little whining tantrum, I'll go make myself some herbal tea and stop thinking this way. Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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HOPEFULHIPPO 11/9/2009 11:11AM

    Why did you give up coffee? I just have to know!

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VICIOUS421 11/6/2009 11:41PM

    I never drank coffee I was a MT Dew drinker and while I have not completely given it up I can honestly say I have maybe 1 or 2 a month now as opposed to at least 24oz or more a day! Good luck with quitting coffee!

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THEADMIRAL 11/6/2009 9:27PM

    Oh yeah, I totally understand. Been there and experienced it. Hug that herbal tea! emoticon

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KIZIDOG 11/6/2009 7:29PM

    I love my coffee and will not give it up yet, but I know when I don't have my couple cups in the morning my day just starts out tooo slow and with no energy so I know what you mean. I am proud of you Jesse. Keep up the great work. Star emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/6/2009 5:03PM

    Have a wonderful weekend caffeine-free! emoticon

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BEAMISH7 11/6/2009 2:49PM

    You have done a great, good thing. I take it that you don't want to do the decaffinated for the 'comfort' thing? I don't have a clue what I am talking about but I tend to thing that your energy level will rebound in time; I'm also guess that it is in part psychological. what we think can and does influence how we feel.

Keep up the good work.

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HEIDISO 11/6/2009 2:18PM

    I am a coffee drink I am have to commend your dedication and restraint. I know how difficult it is to give up something that you enjoy.

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/6/2009 2:12PM

    i have never been much of a coffee drinker to be honest. I prefer tea iced or hot. Since I have started drinking water and getting in my 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Drinks like coffee, soda, and tea just don't hold the appeal they once did. Is this crazy.

Debbie

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JLITT62 11/6/2009 12:05PM

    I dunno -- I've never drunk coffee, and all the teas I drink are either herbal or caffeine free -- with the exception of yerba mate. I just like the taste of it! I guess I'm lucky, tho, because I hate the smell of coffee. Drives me nuts that DH leaves half full cups of coffee around.

So I'll share a little story with you, because we always think we have so much less ______ (fill in the blank) than everyone else.

While we were in Prague, one day one of the wives & I went to tour the Jewish quarter. As we were eating a late lunch, somehow the topic of my pedometer came up. She was puzzled why I'd need one -- she actually said to me "you have so much energy" -- I almost died laughing! Of course, she never knew me 30 lbs heavier, either.

Oh, and did I mention that this woman was just incredibly, naturally thin? And being a NYC dweller who walks everywhere, pretty darn fit, too.

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