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I'm Dreaming of the (Entire) Pumpkin Pie

Monday, November 23, 2009

See, this is one of the things that separate me from "normal" (yes, what is NORMAL?) people. At some point, I'll be near a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. And instead of allowing myself one piece, I'm thinking that I can have the entire thing. After all, I erroneously reason, I've been good all year and it's been a very tough one. So, hey, don't I deserve it?

What kind of thinking is that after all my hard work? Up until a few years ago, I was able to eat that pie and not gain a pound. But that was then, and this is now. Even as I write this, I am smiling and wondering how I could be such a hog! Then I swing from the whole thing, to none at all. Yup, I still have a lot of hard work ahead of me with this all or none thinking.

Have a wonderful day.

  
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VICIOUS421 11/25/2009 3:38AM

    LOL my trigger on Thanksgiving is my mom's deserts! Her cookies, cakes, pies and my all time fav Brownies are so good! I can totally skip the turkey meal and just go for the deserts but this year I am going to try strategic eating. First a large portion of salad, no dressing then some turkey, a small portion of potatoes and gravy, a large portion of green beans, 1 roll then 1 portion of a dessert and maybe 1 cookie. That is the plan anyways! I will let you know if it works out!

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JMONTIE 11/24/2009 10:20AM

    We all have certain foods that are "must haves." I believe that's okay. If you can lighten up the pie, maybe don't eat the crust, enjoy! Only eat the foods you REALLY love on Thanksgiving. Say no to the others. Have a wonderful holiday! emoticon

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FLMOMX2 11/24/2009 8:47AM

    Whoa! Are you reading my thoughts? I make a pumpkin pie with lower sugar to make it healthier.

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MSLZZY 11/23/2009 5:31PM

    Good thing for me that pumpkin pie is low on my list of favorites. I can think of other pies I prefer that are not on the menu. I just eat more veggies, thank you!

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/23/2009 3:53PM

    what I do for deserts (cheesecake is my big thing) is called "SLIVER and SAVOR". Why eat dessert if you arent going to take the time to enjoy it. Dont put the pie out in the open (table) but serve it from the kitchen. as for yours; cut a narrow slice and take your time to appreciate it. you will be just as satisfied because you took the same amount of TIME to eat it as everyone else. Take care and BTW you have been good this year, now , DONT MESS THAT UP!! (just another way to think on that!) Hugs Laurie

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THEADMIRAL 11/23/2009 3:53PM

    emoticon Boy, do I understand! I'm a pumpkin pie lover -- fortunately, I don't get a chance to go face down in one because very few people in the family like it. Stay strong!

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JPVALPO24 11/23/2009 1:03PM

    I completely understand how you are feeling. In fact my urge just might be worse because I feel like I have been day dreaming about a pecan pie for the last six months. Pumpkin is probably less fatty but none the less, I suppose neither of us should be thinking about a whole pie. Like someone else said, we probably couldn't even do it even if we tried. Good luck to you and remember, you can have a little bit of the bad stuff, but mostly good! Happy Turkey Day! emoticon

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SHELTIELADY 11/23/2009 12:14PM

    LMBO... And you ask what kind of thinking this is. Well, I think it is normal for most of us here on Spark.

Thanks for letting us laugh with you.

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ARTHURTOM 11/23/2009 10:20AM

    ...at least you're not thinking of the whole tub of Cool Whip® too! emoticon

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PHEBESS 11/23/2009 10:17AM

    Keep telling yourself how ill you'll feel if you eat the whole pie. Really, you will, you aren't used to it anymore.

But I know what you mean, it's always so tempting. Though for me, it's apple pie, which is probably not as good for you as the pumpkin.

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Thanksgiving is A State of Mind, Not Just One Day A Year

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I'm not a traditionalist. Sometimes I celebrate a designated holiday, and sometimes I just create my own very different day. However, I believe that every day's a holiday. No, I'm not Mary Poppins. But I learned very early in life that today may be my last. And to really make the most of it. And gratitude is part of any holiday. So, even though I will not have a turkey or a big family gathering, my heart will be filled with the awareness of how many things I'm lucky to have, despite tough times. However you choose to celebrate it, I wish all of you a day full of love, laughter and fun. Happy Thanksgiving.

  
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Like the cornucopia / horn of plenty, my heart is full this year thanks to wonderful friends like you. Have another amazing week full of emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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10 Month Spark Anniversary

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's hard to believe that these 10 months since joining Sparkpeople have flown by so quickly. Each month, I usually lament that I have not been able to lose the weight as quickly as I thought. However, here are some of the things I have succeeded with:

1. Being consistent with exercise
2. Dropping 3 pant sizes
3. Consistently eating right due to journaling and tracking calories and nutrition
4. Maintaining the weight loss I've achieved, and not gaining anything additional
5. Making new sparkfriends
6. Being accountable by blogging and logging in to the site
7. Having the opportunity to pre-order The Spark, which will be a huge boost
8. Eliminating things like caffeine, sugar, cheese with the help of healthy articles
9. Probably more that I can think of right now

So, happy Sparkiversary to me. Hooray, hooray. Have a wonderful weekend, friends.

  
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CONGRATS TO YOU......hAPPY 10 MONTHS TO YOU

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SHY1965SJ 11/21/2009 8:50AM

    Great Job. Keep it up.

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That is a huge accomplishment in only ten months! You should be very proud of yourself!!
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JULIETFOX 11/21/2009 5:57AM

    Wow and you are motivating others too

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JLITT62 11/21/2009 5:34AM

    You are doing a marvelous job! The weight will go, it just has its own time schedule.

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ARTHURTOM 11/21/2009 5:13AM

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...and keep plugging away!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/21/2009 1:57AM

  emoticon+ emoticon = HAPPY 10-MONTH ANNIVERSARY JESSE!!!
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RASCALSMOMMA 11/21/2009 1:20AM

    Look at what youve accomplished dear girl! Great Job! You deserve a Team HUG! lol Come and Get it! Laurie

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Kicking Salt to the Curb - Day 1

Friday, November 20, 2009

I always thought it was okay to use "Lite Salt" because it contains so much less of what regular salt has. A lifelong saltaholic, I've really cut down over the past year since starting this healthy lifestyle change.

But today is Day 1 of no salt at all and I want to see how this affects my weight loss. Honestly, if I give up anything else, there will be nothing left to eat! (smiling) Or so it seems. So far, I've expunged eggs, cheese, sugar, caffeine, and now salt.

Have a wonderful day, friends.

  
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THEADMIRAL 11/20/2009 8:00PM

    Hey, you are on a roll! This is a great move -- I haven't totally given up salt, but I use very little of it in my cooking and at meals. I've been doing that for over 30 years now. emoticon Wow, where does the time go? emoticon If something tastes a bit bland, I'll shake some pepper on it to liven it up. That's about the extent of adding anything to my food.

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/20/2009 8:23AM

    Another Salt Free alternative you might wanna try is Mrs Dash OR combinations of the spices there in. But For all around MRS Dash is good and has no MSG.

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MSLZZY 11/20/2009 8:04AM

    I limit added salt as much as possible. I remember my dad had to restrict salt intake after a heart episode in 1974. I adjusted to no salt and kept it that way for many years. My DH, however, salts everything without tasting. Not for me!

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JLITT62 11/20/2009 6:08AM

    Because I eat very little processed foods, and my blood pressure's ok, I'm ok with the amout of salt I use. A little salt on roasted veggies really brings out the flavor to my mind. I never salt my pasta water, for instance, and I do often undersalt stuff figuring people can add salt if they want it. The body does need some sodium.

But funny, we were discussing frozen dinners in our meeting -- and how even the best ones will really do a number on you because of the sodium. And they do!

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VICIOUS421 11/20/2009 5:34AM

    My biggest change in salt so far has been going to sea salt as opposed to regular salt. Good luck!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/20/2009 4:28AM

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ARTHURTOM 11/20/2009 4:14AM

    Salt is one thing I really haven't battled in quite some time. I stopped using added salt in 1986. What I do find surprising is when I eat food prepared by others and if it is salted while it is being prepped or cooked, I can tell, and you know what? The taste of the salt disqusts me!

Using the salt was a learned habit and taste. As a child, I watched my father coat his food with salt before he even tasted it. Dad couldn't be wrong could he? He sure was. I don't even keep a salt shaker in the house any more. I do keep a canister of my favorite "Morton Salt" for when I make bread or other recipe that calls for salt. I have had that same canister for the last 5 years.

At first, it will be difficult as it is with any change, but as you progress, you won't even miss it.

Tim

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My Battle with Caffeine

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This is my fourth week of no coffee, and I gave in this morning and made a very small pot. Filled my little mug to half, added a tiny bit of non-fat milk and sugar. Took a few sips and hated it. Realized that I've been jonesing for the illusion of what I thought coffee to be - enervating, yummy, etc. Found it repulsive, so after a couple of sips, spilled out the rest of the mug, the pot and the coffee container which was empty anyway. I've been experiencing such low energy since giving it up that I thought that a little jolt would be harmless. But caffeine is not my friend and makes me feel yucky, even in small amounts. So, I am again on the road to none. Although this is a small battle, it is mine nonetheless, and not easy for me. Of course, what is? Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, so they say. Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 11/20/2009 1:06AM

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VICIOUS421 11/20/2009 12:51AM

    Way to go Jesse!!!!

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KIZIDOG 11/19/2009 8:01PM

    Good for you. Now you know you really don't want it. Keep up the great work. Star emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/19/2009 2:42PM

    Caffeine does many things to you, including robbing you of needed water and minerals. Coffee is also addicting, same as smoking and even eating or noneating. Good testing tho Jesse. I do that myself with sugar. WTG on your mission! Hugs from Laurie

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/19/2009 2:14PM

    I HAVE TO TRY THIS!!! I'M STARTING TO GET SHARP PAINS ON ONE SIDE NOW AFTER A FEW CUPS. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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