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The Real Effects of Soda

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If you grew up in the U.S. you probably have no problem recognizing this:

Ahh, the Coke polar bear--symbol of warm fuzzy feelings and campaigns that tell us all to "open happiness". If only you could buy happiness in a 12oz plastic would be so much easier.

But we're starting to come around to the fact that drinking too many sugary drinks like Coke and other sodas are actually taking us further away from the things that really make us happy, like good health and fitness. This new video by CSPI shows what happens to the REAL bears after the commercial cameras leave:

If you're struggling to kick the soda habit once and for all, Sparkpeople is a good place to start. Set up a custom goal so that you can track your progress. You'll be amazed at how fast the weight comes off when you stop wasting calories on liquid candy. emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/10/2012 5:55PM

    So very true! :)

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MIDNIGHTER1 10/10/2012 2:58PM

    Ah! The ills of mass soda consumption. The video is spot on. Soda containers are getting bigger and bigger and cheaper. In this growing fastfood generation ,people are rapidly headed towards Diabetes,high cholesterol and heart disease. The truth is out there,we as a people are not heeding the warnings. Great blog by the way.

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/10/2012 1:23PM

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IGSBETH 10/10/2012 1:16PM

    Yeah, quitting soda is the way to go.

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LADYJ6942 10/10/2012 1:16PM

    Thanks for the visual re sugar in soda, it is insane.

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Best Motivation for Running a 5K

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Imagine starting your race off in a white shirt and whooshing through the finish line looking like a rainbow puked on you.
That's the color run! At each 'k' along the way, you run through a wall of colored powder, each one a different color.

This has got to be the most fun 5k ever! And through some good luck, I managed to get a spot on a team at the last minute, so I'll be getting my Sparkpeople Virtual 5k on in STYLE ;-) See ya at the finish line, people!

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MIDNIGHTER1 10/11/2012 9:58AM

    That's really neat. Looks like so much fun. I'm envious now. I hope you enjoy yourself. Take some emoticon pictures.

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/9/2012 8:59PM

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FOREWELLS 10/9/2012 12:17PM

    I just happily ran this in Des Moines, IA and became a rainbow of color with 27,000 other happy people. So much fun! Good for you!

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A victory for planning! (and a yummy veggie wrap recipe)

Friday, October 05, 2012

The day after kickballÖ.should be the title of a horror movie. I drank waaay too much last night. Iím not worrying about it from a weight loss standpoint because I purposely chose yesterday for my ďcheatĒ meal. Iím more concerned from a health standpoint, Iím getting too old for this!

Todayís victory is that despite my hangover and late night falafel excursion, I was able to get right back to my healthy eating without skipping a beat, thanks in part to planning. I knew Iíd probably not be in any shape to prepare a lunch last night after the bar (and boy was I right!), so I prepared two lunches on Wednesday. That way all I had to do this morning was grab my lunch and go.

For lunch I had this yummy veggie wrap which consists of:

1 flour tortilla
2tbsp roasted pine nut hummus
1 carrot, julienned
Ĺ cucumber julienned
Handful baby spinach
1oz shredded mozzarella cheese
Handful alfalfa sprouts

Itís the perfect combination of crunchy, fresh veggies and savory flavor from the hummus and cheese. Loved it!

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SUGARSMOM2 10/6/2012 1:30PM

  your wrap looks great .

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/5/2012 4:40PM

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that looks absolutely yummy emoticon

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THEFPPROJECT 10/5/2012 3:51PM

  Well done for the forward planning. Sounds like it paid off.

The wrap looks absolutely yummy.

Frankie P

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Sometimes Less is More

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Day three and Iím feeling great! I hopped on the scale this morning and Iím already down 3 pounds! Iím sure that most of it was water weight I was holding onto from the junk food Iíd been eating, but it was a nice kickstart to my weight loss journey.

I pushed through my trepidation last night and made it to super spinning class. I was wary of going back to the class because of my memories of my previous attempts: agonizing, legs on fire, constantly gasping for airÖbasically one hour of pure misery. When I got there, I told myself Iíd start off slow and not push myself too hard. I knew that if I made it challenging but not brutal, Iíd be more likely to come back. It worked! I really enjoyed the class AND I still got up to 80% heart rate for a large part of it. It just goes to show that the other times I took the class I was probably pushing myself TOO hard and going way over my target heart rate. Another challenge to black and white thinking, exercise doesnít have to be punishing to be effective. emoticon

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/5/2012 9:56AM

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MIDNIGHTER1 10/4/2012 3:21PM

    Sometimes going too hard or fast will lead to discouragement. You are on the right track.Seems like you have made a good start with your 3 pound loss. Measure your success by getting in the gym when you are susposed to,staying within your calorie range and losing inches. The scale not moving or not moving fast enough will discourage you too,but don't give up,keep it moving.
Fight harder and use greater discipline to stick to your new lifestyle change.Last time is the past and you are a new person focusing on the future. Good luck to you. emoticon

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CMZERIMAR 10/4/2012 1:02PM

    Great job! Keep it up girl!

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Don't Let the Fear of Failure Hold You Back

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Yesterday, I decided that I needed to get serious about my weight loss. As I inch closer to 30, having an extra 20 pounds on my 5í2Ē frame is starting to take its toll on me physically and emotionally. I can only imagine what the future holds for me if I continue with the status quo of a sedentary lifestyle and a junk food diet. Besides that, Iím tired of not feeling fabulous!

Five years ago, I embarked on a weight loss plan that changed my life, for better and for worse. Though I got down to my lowest ever weight of 145 and gained muscle tone and confidence from the compliments of friends and strangers, the all-or-nothing attitude that I had adopted to get there left me emotionally in shambles, dealing with the aftermath of an eating disorder. Maintaining the weight loss became my obsession and my greatest fear.

After therapy and a few years of self improvement, I was able to recover from my distorted thinking (yay!) but what I was left with was the opposite side of the spectrum.
In order to affirm that I was no longer under the control of a harmful dieting mindset, I had to eat whatever I craved in whatever quantities I chose. While Iím sure that this was a helpful part of my recovery process, it was not a healthy or sustainable way of life. Iíve gained back all of the weight Iíd lost and while Iíve been working on cultivating a healthier body image, I also know that I would be healthier and happier at a lower weight.

So here I am, stuck between a rock and a hard place: Can I pursue a healthy, BALANCED lifestyle without succumbing to obsessive disordered thinking? The fear that I would not be able to find moderation in either direction has kept me from attempting to lose weight for a long time now. But Iíve finally reached a place where Iím no longer comfortable; my food choices leave me tired and unfulfilled, my body aches from underuse and Iím noticing flab in places Iíve never had it before. Knowing what the future holds for me if I DONíT change now is more frightening than the uncertainty of attempting yet another weight loss regimen. Thatís why Iíve made the commitment to give it a real shot.

You canít let your fear of failure keep you from reaching for the things you really want in life. The only TRUE way to fail is to not try in the first place. And while Iím still anxious about whether or not Iíll be able to make the long term changes I seek, I am proud of myself for taking the first brave step to the plate. After all, you canít hit a home run unless you swing the bat.

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/5/2012 10:34AM

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FRUITSNVEGGIES1 10/3/2012 4:54PM

  I especially like the last paragraph! It's hackneyed but true... you miss 100% of the shots you don't take!

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