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I FELL OFF THE WAGON, AND DIDN'T REALIZE I HAD

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Okay, sure, I know better. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it, so they say.

Same with labels and educating myself on contents of things I imbibe. Specifically, I had 95 days of no caffeine under my belt when I suddenly realized that green tea contains caffeine. I'd been drinking it for about a month. I thought it was just a natural anti-oxidant drink and didn't realize about caffeine until I read something about someone drinking decaf green tea. Uh oh, down the drain went my 95 days and here come the caffeine detox headaches - again!

On the brighter side, after researching (which I shoulda done BEFORE drinking a lot of this tea) I found that it contains relatively small quantities of caffeine as compared to coffee. So at least I don't have to walk down the coffee detox road again, which is brutal to say the least.

Additionally, I thought that since this was flavored with honey, it was innocuous. But then I read the label. Uh oh again. Not just honey but high fructose content. So down the tube when my 9 days of sugar detox.

Well, here I start again. Try and try until I get it right.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 8/19/2010 12:43AM

    I'm not into giving up caffeine, but I support you in your efforts. Tea is the only caffeine I drink, iced in summer and hot in winter. I can't stand the taste of herbal and decaf. Other than those I drink all kinds; English, Indian, Lipton, green, white, jasmine, etc.

Have you tried stevia? I use stevia and a little xylitol.

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JLITT62 8/4/2010 5:58AM

    Green tea is about the only caffeine I do -- well, of course there is chocolate.

A couple of weeks I was totally exhausted, and I realized I wasn't drinking my green tea. No other problems -- just exhaustion! I do believe the benefits outweigh the small amount of caffeine I'm getting. But that's me.

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SUEJENN 8/3/2010 7:05PM

    Maybe the benefits of drinking the green tea outweighs the small amount of caffeine you will be drinking. (ThatsFit .ca) I am working up to starting the 30 day food challenge from this site and they mention the caffeine struggle. I enjoy the tea plain. I use loose leaves and let it steep for 6-8 minutes to get the benefit of the anti-oxidants. It is light enough that I don't use flavourings except for organic lemon juice- yummy. I will see if I can find the link and pass it on to you.
I also read that green tea supplements are not meant for the long term.

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AYAMMAYA 8/3/2010 5:43PM

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MARTY19 8/3/2010 7:32AM

    I remember my first caffeine detox. It was brutal. But it got my from 6 cups of coffee to zero and now I drink 1-2. And if I stop I don't have any ill effects.
I never read food labels until I joined spark. These days nothing goes into my basket until I check. It is amazing what is in "healthy" foods. LOL!
Keep up the good work.

Marty

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/3/2010 1:46AM

    I agree with sews with hot glue ,you are doing great!

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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 8/3/2010 1:17AM

    I still think the antioxidants and trace minerals in green tea and a little natural honey are worth the small amounts of caffeine and sugar. I don't have a cup every day, but I do take a daily green tea supplement.

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Indulge My Taste Buds?

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I logged onto the SP site early this morning and the first banner ad that greeted me was for one of San Diego County's casino's award-winning buffets. Now, that is just what I need - to feast on the buffet that I visited frequently before starting this healthier lifestyle change.

Really have to smile as SP ads have been one of my huge question marks for awhile now. Yes, I know they keep the site free. Yes, I know they have to pay salaries. However, I've seen ads for Mrs.Fields cookies, this buffet, and myriad drug ads that seem very contrary to a healthy lifestyle.

What's next? Hey, why not cigarettes, beer, and similar other things?

  
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SUEJENN 8/3/2010 7:09PM

    Now you wouldn't want big brother to make all of your decisions would you. After all of your hard work you should pat yourself on the back not be grateful that you didn't see any ads for treats. After all a cookie now and then could be a thoroughly enjoyable.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/2/2010 8:57PM

    they can have all the adds they want i wont buy a thing

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 8/2/2010 2:26PM

    I think you can disable them in your browser? emoticon

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006/02/disable-flash-advertising.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_4465271_disable-flash-ads-internet-explorer.html

http://lifehacker.com/5046529/how-to-block-ads-in-google-chrome

Comment edited on: 8/2/2010 2:30:18 PM

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TRENTDREAMER 8/1/2010 8:19PM

    I spend the majority of my time on my page/blogs or my friends' pages and blogs.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 8/1/2010 12:39PM

    I agree. I NEVER look at an SP ad, it's like looking at internet ads. Who cares what banner is at the top of your email account, or newspage you're visiting? I never never look at ads.

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SHOOTIN4STARS 8/1/2010 11:06AM

    I agree. I try to ignore them. My ads dealt with medications allergies, diabetes and high cholestral. Which is worse? I'll take the buffet. LOL

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/1/2010 10:35AM

    The ads must vary from city to city ours appear to be of a healthier nature up here in the frozen north.We get things like the Albeta health workers union and various other unions .I wonder if it is who is willing to sponsor the sight in the area?

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Broke My Forever Plateau - But in the WRONG Direction!!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

First of all, I can see the value of blogging since I used to do it daily but haven't been regular for awhile (blogging. otherwise, very regular, thank you!) It really provides a focus as to what the issues are and anchors me to reality. Reality is a place that I haven't been in for awhile now. With the recent death of my dear cousin, I've been inconsolable.

Okay, here's the deal on the plateau. I lost all of my 34 lbs in the first year of this almost two year lifestyle change (October 13, 2008) is when it started. Since then, I have tried everything, but my body hasn't given up one addl. pound.

As a result of this long plateau, I became despondent, discouraged, and figured "What the hay?" Since my body wasn't moving down, I could now eat, eat, and eat. Then, this last week, I stepped on the scale and was horrified to see weight gain for the first time in the almost two years! Funny thing is, I could feel those extra lbs before I got on the scale.

So, yes, the plateau is broken, but in the wrong direction. Not going to let it get me down. I know better than to bury myself in chocolate covered raspberries, but in the face of intense sadness, I really haven't cared.

But I really do care, and thanks to SP and friends, I have stayed tracking, active, and am back on track as I write this

Have a wonderful weekend.

  
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GINGER_LOSTALOT 7/31/2010 8:54PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your cousin.

I can't tell if you need advice about your plateau/weigh gain. If you do, let me know...

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 7/29/2010 9:53AM

    Many hugs! I know you have lost many people.

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MSLZZY 7/28/2010 7:27AM

    Grief is a difficult taskmaster! It clings to your spirit and your moods and the rest follows. Take care, dear friend, and
cherish the good memories that you have! HUGS!

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/26/2010 6:40PM

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DDHEART 7/25/2010 2:02PM

    I am sorry to hear of your emotional stress as of late and I know that the loss of someone special is always very hard. I think the simple fact that even with this you checked in and immediately got back on track shows how much the healthy lifestyle has become part of your nature. You're going to be all right friend...you can do it.

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NANCY- 7/25/2010 9:42AM

    You are so right about blogging. It does help with focus and setting intentions,
You are amazing with everything you have gone through lately... take some time to be kind to yourself.
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JLITT62 7/25/2010 5:35AM

    Well, my plateau consists of going up & down all the time, but staying about the same weight. So now that you're aware of the gain, I'm sure you'll have it off in no time.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/25/2010 12:16AM

    You will soon be going back in the right direction!

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AYAMMAYA 7/24/2010 11:09PM

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Hugs and Prayers sent your way my friend ~

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ONICAM 7/24/2010 10:02PM

    I also tend to break plateau the same way you did. I have no idea on what I do wrong, but just that this happens at least 2 times a year.

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DAWNFIRE72 7/24/2010 9:48PM

    I'm sorry about the loss of your cousin and grief will affect your life and food choices I've found.

Good for you for getting back on track and even if the scale moved in the wrong direction you are moving on and doing what you need to to get it back down.

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HCG? Anyone Have Any Personal Experience with It?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I've been researching HCG, and wonder if any sparkers have had personal experience they can provide.

I haven't been blogging lately. Been tidal waved by sadness with the loss of my cousin who was like a sister to me. After a two-year battle with spreading cancer, she is gone. I am having a very hard time.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 7/24/2010 9:42PM

    "Been tidal waved by sadness with the loss of my cousin who was like a sister to me. After a two-year battle with spreading cancer, she is gone. I am having a very hard time. "

* Deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.
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NANCY- 7/23/2010 7:34AM

    Right now your body is dealing with a lot of stress. Be kind to yourself,
May the fond memories of your cousin help you.
(((Hugs)))

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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 7/22/2010 11:40PM

    I'm so sorry about your cousin. emoticon

Did a lot of research on HCG last year and decided against trying it. The more research I do about weight loss, the more convinced I become that moderate exercise and sensible diet (even with looooong plateaus) are the healthiest way to go. Being consistent will make the difference.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/22/2010 5:56PM

    You will soon feel better ,you know Carole would want that for you.Nothing like your own guardian angel to make sure things go well !I know a bit about HCG but nothing stellar. hugs,Cheri

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JLITT62 7/22/2010 4:14PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. We are here to listen to you anytime, you know.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 7/22/2010 2:30PM

    Get through your pain of losing a loved one before worrying about weight.

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Shutting out Sugar from My Life - Begone Satan! (smiling)

Monday, July 05, 2010

Sick and tired of dealing with sugar. It's been my nemesis. I've dealt with caffeine, and now I am determined to rid myself of the evil beast, sugar, once and for all.

I won't eliminate it from foods that already contain a small amount, but I'm talking about dessert, soda, etc. Zip, zilch, zero. Nada. NO MORE!

I've been off sugar before and, like caffeine, it's an amazingly different, healthy feeling. This is day three without it.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 7/12/2010 5:31PM

    Yes, it makes a huge difference. emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 7/8/2010 8:50AM

    Day three - Woo Hoo!! You go girl!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 7/7/2010 7:19PM

    emoticon I don't buy stuff with sugar for home because I have a tendency to say ... have one cookie ... 20 times in one day.

When I want to have a dessert we go out, even if it's just a scoop of ice-cream so that I don't have to deal with it.

Also ... this is summer ... the best fruits in the world are available right now. they are sweet and far more satisfying ... and wouldn't you know ... when I ate a lot of sugar i rarely ate fresh fruit. I prefer the fruit!

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NANASHANON 7/7/2010 9:24AM

    emoticon I still use a little Splenda. And the health gurus say a little dark chocolate is good for you. Hehehe, so to stay healthy, I do treat myself with a small portion of dark chocolate at least once a week. My hat is off to you for being able to survive without it!

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Shannon

Inhale~Exhale~Breathe in Life

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AMYMLE 7/6/2010 1:06PM

    You go girl! I'm so proud of you! (But I can't say I'm going to follow you. I love chocolate too much, and chocolate without sugar just misses something. emoticon)

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DDHEART 7/6/2010 10:35AM

    You are a role model and I know you will knock this one out o the park just like you did with the caffiene! I am so impressed!

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NANCY- 7/6/2010 7:49AM

    WOW!
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MINORCANLDY 7/5/2010 7:28PM

    That's GREAT!!! You are doing wonderfully. It feels good to get control of your life.

It was scary when I began label reading. WOW~ The stuff that's out there.
I'm doing the same thing and the first three days I wanted to snort the stuff (humor).
I missed it so bad! Now, I don't really care. 4 weeks here. Woo Hoo

Good Luck!
Gin

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SURENDERISNOTME 7/5/2010 5:38PM

    If it helps there are foods out there that are labeled no added sugar. Good luck with getting rid oa the sugar. It isn't an easy task.

Debbie

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TRACKMOM64 7/5/2010 5:16PM

    Good Luck. I think for the next 7 days I'll try to do the same.

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TRISHP1961 7/5/2010 4:51PM

    I am with you on the no sugar plan. It was suggested by my acupuncturist. What a difference it has made! I still have temptations and on days when I cheat, I really can tell...
Good luck! I hope you have as good a feeling about giving it up as I have.

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