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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Last Saturday, I started an extreme one-week experiment that I'll be writing about soon.

Part of this one-week has entailed upping my water intake to 16 glasses (8 oz) per day. Yikes! The point of this is to feel fuller and, thus, less hungry.

All it has done is to keep me in the bathroom all day, and I am also concerned that it's too much and washes away minerals. (Yes, I do replace them.)

Okay, and a question that I've researched and gotten different answers to - do other drinks count as water?

Wondering if this is too much water intake. Any feedback?

Wishing all a great day.

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    1/2 an ounce per pound of body weight - example I'm 285 so that's 142 oz water per day, = 9 glasses of 16oz sized waters.

As long as it's spaced out it's healthy.

I stop 3 hours before bed.

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JLITT62 8/12/2010 7:42AM

    One thing I heard recently is that we all vary in how much water we need. Why would a 150 lb woman need as much as a 300 lb woman, for instance. The recommendation was to drink half your body weight -- so if you weighed 150 lb, for instance, you'd want to shoot for just 75 ounces of water a day.

Another way to tell if you're getting too much is the color of your pee. It should be light colored. If it's more of a golden color, then it's too concentrated.

I really don't think I could do 16 glasses a day. I think my tops has been 12, and I'm usually around 8-10.

I do include anything that doesn't have sweetner or caffeine, so I include my herbal teas.

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NANCY- 8/12/2010 6:01AM

    Adding to the different answers... I include my coffee and herbal tea, as it is made up from mostly water.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/12/2010 12:33AM

    I drink significant amounts of water but I also take anti-inflammatories .There are many variables in how much water you consume ,temperature , exercise etc. Basically how you feel will be important so the experiment has and hugs,Cheri

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TEMPEST272002 8/11/2010 9:54PM

    OK, just re-read - the point is to feel fuller. Sorry.

This seems a bit of an extreme solution. I'm become a big fan of exercising - in part because it allows me to eat more. Have you considered upping your exercise? If you do, don't forget to adjust it on the exercise tracker & then the nutrition page will update your new calorie range.

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TEMPEST272002 8/11/2010 9:51PM

    Wow 16 glasses a day! I'm curious what the experiment is now. You next blog, maybe? emoticon

SNIKWAD seemed to answer your questions pretty thoroughly. I count herbal tea (no caffeine) as water. I imagine you're going pee a lot because you're body has more water than it needs, so it's flushing the rest. Literally. emoticon

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SUEJENN 8/11/2010 9:46PM

    Wow, seems extreme. How about just eating more often?

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SNIKWAD 8/11/2010 4:39PM

    There is a such thing as water intoxication but in healthy adults you'd have to be drinking close to 5 gallons of water (in one sitting) to be in the danger zone for that. Otherwise, just "going to the bathroom all day", no that's not a sign that you are drinking too much water.

But, one estimate of how much water you should be drinking, dependent on your body should drink 1 fl oz of water for every 1 lb of your body weight. So, someone weighing 150 lbs should be drinking around 150 fl oz of water per day to remain "well hydrated".

As for other drinks, are they water? The purists say no, of course, because the guidelines for how much "water" you should be drinking are based on you just getting clean, pure, cleansing, hydration, nothing more.

But, I look at in terms of what am I adding to my it just hydration (water)....or is other stuff included that's not in "pure water"? Like sugar, caffeine, sodium, etc?

To me those are the big things that get the "No" answer for a given drink. So, soda, milk, tea, coffee, apple juice, high-sugar sports drinks, no, I don't count those as "water".

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RENA1965 8/11/2010 2:56PM

    Ease into it, don't go hangho build up to the amount..Also don't drink too much near bed time, it can disturb the hormone system that slows urine production down at night so we can sleep...

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The Scale Game I Play (without intending to)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

For someone who never weighed herself until two years ago (I didn't need to most of my life), I now own two "good" scales. Neither agrees with the other, so I've stored the one that scores my weight higher. It must be way off. (smiling)

After 1.5 years on SP, and almost 2 total years of this healthier lifestyle change, I have not let the scale become the master of my fate. Yes, I understand the other benchmarks for success and have used measurements, clothing fit, etc. to judge my progress.

But lately I've been more diligent about keeping myself posted on current poundage. It goes something like this...

I figure the scale's parts are "cold" when I first step onto it, so I weigh about five times. Each time, I get a different number despite not standing in tricky positions to appear lighter. (smiling) Then I ponder my past math class and wonder if I should take the mean, median, or mode.

If I remember correctly, the mean would be averaging all five numbers. Adding, then dividing. Whamo - my "true" weight. Or, I can take the median - the number that arrives in the middle of the other four. And the mode - the number that repeats the most often. Why do I do this to myself? It just comes naturally! (smiling)

Since there was no repeat number this morning, and I was too lazy to average, I went for the median. Hooray for me! Who knows what I'll choose next time?

Wishing all my friends a happy, healthy day.

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    I didn't know it was called the mode. I always take the mode.

So now thanks to you,
I'm in the knowd
About the mode.

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SUEJENN 8/11/2010 9:52PM

    I just make sure I weigh myself first thing in the morning. I don't give the scale the opportunity to change it's mind. When they weigh me for chemo it is like stepping on to a cargo scale. I always use the explaination that it is later in the day and I have had a lot of water. And besides (whine, whine) I'm tired. I like to think I weigh more when I'm tiered! LOL

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TEMPEST272002 8/11/2010 11:20AM

    Snort. I like math... but I would take the LOWEST of the 5 weights & record that!

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JLITT62 8/11/2010 9:15AM

    They don't let you do do-overs at WW. Scales at home make me crazy, so I just don't have one, much to DH's chagrin.

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SUGARBABY60 8/11/2010 2:45AM

    Just be sure that my D H is no where behind you. He has a habit of sneaking up behind me and putting a" toe" on that DARN scale and brings my weight up about 5 or 10 lbs!!! Just what everyone needs a JOKESTER in the family! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/11/2010 1:56AM

    LOL I just opt for the lightest one I don't like math!!!

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PEDIPOD 8/10/2010 1:56PM

    Wow 00 were you in my bathroom this morning??
I've decided that it is the derivative that matters most and as long as the curve is aimed DOWN, (or the battery needs to be replaced!) all is well. And I keep the sample size to 3 checks!

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DHSPARK 8/10/2010 12:19PM

    I have that same 'heavy' scale...LOL!

I play the scale game too. Digital scales are easier (or ARE they?) 'cause a number displays and you can't play it closer to this or this 'game'.

The doctors scales are always 'way off' too...hee, hee.

It's just a number but it does mess with our minds. Just one 'tool' for us to measure our progress.

Sometimes this is what I feel like doing to it... emoticon

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ANGE1010 8/10/2010 12:03PM

    Bless you dear for having such a healthy otlook on that TOOL. You definately in control. keep up the hard work and stay healthy.

God Bless,


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Me? A SP Motivator? Thanks To All Who Voted!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

When the email came in announcing I'd been voted as a motivator, I honestly had to read it a few times before I could figure out that they'd not sent it to the wrong person by mistake! (smiling)

Thanks to all who voted for me. During very hard times, I've hung in there and just kept putting one foot in front of the other. I appreciate your votes and the designation.

Have a wonderful day.

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    That's exactly my same reaction; I thought it was a mistake and kept re-reading the email . . .

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SUGARBABY60 8/11/2010 2:47AM

    congrats and woo hoo

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DDHEART 8/5/2010 9:36PM

    You're so funny....don't you know that sticking with it even when you've had some moments wondering if you should...that's very motivating to the rest of us! You deserve it!

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NANCY- 8/5/2010 7:32AM

It is nice to see your posts in the huddle.
Keep Sparking!!!

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GRACEISENUF 8/5/2010 12:33AM

    Enjoy it...your kindness towards others earned it!

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AMYMLE 8/4/2010 11:46PM

    How terrific! Congratulations, Jesse!

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IAM_HIS2 8/4/2010 10:31PM

    Congratulations...what a wonderful gift to give to others !!!

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AYAMMAYA 8/4/2010 10:16PM

    Congratulations Beautiful Jesse ~ You are definitely a Spark Motivator!
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SUEJENN 8/4/2010 9:15PM

    Kudos! emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 8/4/2010 8:41PM

    YEA for you! How cool!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/4/2010 7:44PM

    Congratulations, you deserve it !!

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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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    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.


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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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    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.

You're doing GREAT! emoticon

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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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    I think you can disable them in your browser? emoticon

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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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    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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