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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For those of you who want to pass these quotes on - Go ahead and snag any of the quote/affirmations I post. I've been making them for two years, now. They are meant to be passed around.

Oddly enough, the person that I started making them for has Anorexia Nervosa, and her doctor told me that if she did not change her defeatist attitude, that she would die. She's still alive and has gained about 30 lbs, which is still not enough but she's alive! And doing better - much better! And with her mind, I sincerely believe she'll find the cure for cancer someday, or something just as wonderful. She's a blessing!

Well, the sleep thing has been proven to me, for certain. My bf works nights, as I've said, and I don't sleep as well with him gone. I slept about five hours and got up for a couple of hours or so. I weighed myself before drinking some water, and I was actually up three pounds this morning from last Friday! Ugh! I felt bloated but oddly dehydrated, too. I was so thirsty! I stayed up and did a few things, and the laid down to watch tv. I fell asleep again for another three hours, and woke up and, after another trip to the loo, I felt curious because I no longer felt bloated. I went to weigh myself and I was down two of those three pounds.

If I'm up a pound I can understand. I've not exercised much for the past three days. I ate a bit higher on my allowed calories. Not drastically but for me, not moving means not losing.

This is an article that I found interesting. It talks about the most sugar laden foods in America. There were some surprises in the list. Some, indeed, have been touted as healthy.
(Edit: NUSL8T just told me that MSN doesn't have it up any longer. I guess they pulled it? Umm... ).

I am not sure if you have read about the mercury contamination in HGCS, which of course is in almost everything. I've been trying to get it out of our house for a couple of years now. It's really difficult to do, especially when I don't do all of the shopping and I can't control my bf's dietary preferences. Then we read about the mercury and it's getting a little easier, because that's scary. He's listening to me.
Well in this article it states, "Consider this: A dollar will buy you about 75 calories' worth of fresh broccoli, but food manufacturers can use that same dollar to purchase 1,815 calories of sugar. And thanks to government subsidies, high fructose corn syrup, the synthetic sweetener found in so many of the foods in our grocery stores, is even cheaper."
The FDA has known about the mercury in HGCS for four years and has not done anything at all about it. Still hasn't, even with the reports in the news. And here the government is backing the manufacturers with subsidies? Whoa... I have two sons with Autism and many feel mercury is one of the enviornmental triggers causing Autism.
Even if it isn't, any amount of mercury in anything that we ingest is inexcusable.

Edit: HFCS article - one of them, anyway.
Study: Corn Syrup Contaminated With Mercury

MINNEAPOLIS — Mercury was found in nearly 50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), according to a new article published Jan. 26 in the scientific journal Environmental Health. A separate study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient—including products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.

HFCS use has skyrocketed in recent decades as the sweetener has replaced sugar in many processed foods. HFCS is found in sweetened beverages, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS. Consumption by teenagers and other high consumers can be up to 80 percent above average levels.

In the Environmental Health article, Renee Dufault and others found detectable levels of mercury in nine of 20 samples of commercial HFCS. Dufault worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when the tests were done in 2005.

While the FDA had evidence that commercial HFCS was contaminated with mercury four years ago, the agency did not inform consumers, help change industry practice or conduct additional testing.

And concerning the Federal subsidy..... it's in Wikipedia.

HFCS isn't the only thing I've been trying to get out of the house. Splenda and Nutrasweet are two others. We use Stevia.
After reading this article by Dr. Mercola, I'm glad I got rid of the Splenda. I have enough problems with my gut as it is.

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MOV4WARD 2/10/2009 4:54PM

    ...skids back in...

that link was to a list of articles. i wasn't sure which article had the mercury info in it. hadn't heard that b4. scary stuff!!!

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MOV4WARD 2/10/2009 4:53PM

    thanks! a friend made us "celebration patches" when i was quitting sickerettes, and they so helped me. I keep them on my desktop to remind me of my progress and celebrate milestones. Some of the things we do are downright difficult, and it helped to focus on the positive changes & celebrate those than look back at what i was giving up. If that makes sense? It was the beginning of changing my thinking and looking forward to the new changes, embracing the changes and the good things to come. The things you are making "inspirational patches" ~ i love those too, and have been quietly snagging them ~ lol ~ perhaps i'll make some now & then, but i'm an inveterate (snagger) @ heart! lol ~ i'm so glad you don't mind!

Water weight fluctuations never cease to astound me. How i can gain &/or lose 5 - 8 lbs in a day or 2... the worst was in an August summer heat streak where i zoomed up 13 lbs. It's one of those things like how much food is passing through our system at any given moment that affects our weight... heck, even how many glasses of liquid we just ate. a glass of water weighs a lot!!! but... we can't avoid it, it has so many benefits to keeping us healthy.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticoni like to say that's the way the water bounces!!! and lord knows, the down bounces are a heck of a lot more fun!!! lol

there have been times i've weighed b4 & after eating to see the impact, b4 & after changing clothes, b4 bed and after all my middle of the night trips ~ lol ~ the older i get, the more night trips i make ;)

i think there is truth in the up bounces if we are over-eating. If we aren't, then it's water retention... and i try mostly not to let the little swings get me.... although sometimes they do. Right now i'm weighing at a group weekly except not until the last week of this month b/c of other commitments and at first i was feeling a little dependance/need to know...

:::sighs::: the dang scale. ;)

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/10/2009 11:05AM

    Thanks for sharing that information with us, Sue!

Hugs! Beverly

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DEMURALIST 2/10/2009 8:20AM

    Sue I think you would be happier and healthier if you did not focus on your weight or scale for a while. I notice you are making explanations for the number when you should be more concerned with how to get a good night's sleep when DH is gone. Sleep is essential to all body processes, plays a huge role in our mental health, metabolism, healing, and overall attitude.

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Good words for any day

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Today I had a great chat with my daughter on gtalk and later a too short chat with a good friend on Facebook, which I haven't visted for a year or more. I usually prefer LJ. But my niece friended me and I had to go see what was happening. Her kids are so OLD! My gosh... it's hard to believe how much they have grown. I enjoyed looking at the pics.

I did have a bit of a binge today. I felt queasy and craved nuts and dried fruit, so I ate almonds and raw sunflower seeds, and some dried cherries and apricots. Probably too many of them, but I really felt like I wanted them. All high caloric foods but at least all good clean foods. I should feel guilty but I don't.

Oh and I joined the Clean Foods Team, which I hadn't seen before. It's just what I've been working on doing in my house. I've been working hard cleaning out the HFCS and additives and I still have some things to pare from my pantry, and maybe they can help.

R's working tonight. I just am not sleeping as well when he is not here, and I've found that it shows on the scale. Funny thing is, he said he's noticed that, as well... when he doesn't sleep well he gains weight. And here I thought it was a girl thing.

I'm off to broil chicken breasts for supper, with zucchini and baked sweet potatoes. Good food, though my daughter wouldn't say so. She's vegetarian. All those poor carrots.

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MOV4WARD 2/9/2009 1:05PM

    that is 1 of my all time very fav quotes, the essence of how i wish people were towards each other, so someday you'll probably see it on my sp ;) (snags) cy, folds, puts in pocket.

emoticonjust this morning 1 of the major network shows featured the "sleep diet", they said don't change anything except to increase sleep from 5 - 6 hours a day (most people don't get enough) to at least 7 1/2 hours. Many felt so much better, they lost weight over the next 2 weeks. They said if you don't have enough, the body triggers hormones to get you to eat more to boost the lack of energy from sleep.

have read that b4... and for those of us with lots & lots to deal with, sleep is a small part, but important. i still find that i have a hard time sleeping but i am finally spending 8 hours in bed at least resting, if not sleeping. doc offered sleep pills, just don't wanna go there though.

1 last quick thought... i think when we're hungry, it can be appropriate to eat a little more. if we are increasing from a weight loss mode to essentially a maintain your weight mode.

the Q? what was triggering it. true hunger or emotions? if it's hunger and i increase food, i consider that weight management & appropriate eating.

ont the other hand... if it's emotional triggers and i increase food, i still consider that a bit of a controlled binge (compared to the dive off, eat with glee for months i used to do)... and it's better, but someday i hope to not eat in response to that kind of thing.

Sue, i don't know though.... i feel like a blind person and don't really know what's going to work in the long run... i'm just trying to find what will work for me, that's manageable, that doesn't hurt me...

argh.... i just wish it wasn't so blasted hard sometimes, eh?

well, i'll hop off my box & go hide it ;)

take care friend, i hope you have a good week :)

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DEMURALIST 2/9/2009 8:25AM

    I love Leo Buscaglia!!! And NO you should not feel guilty for nourishing your body. Try listening to PM's cd mid day for a boost. Just read people who get less sleep get an average of 250 extra calories from snacks than those who get what they need. That doesn't even take into account the metabolism issues. Totally non-gender specific.

p.s. I am with your daughter on the vegetarian thing.

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DOTSLADY 2/9/2009 1:49AM

    How ironic Sue ... I slammed my laptop after reading research how sleeping helps weightloss ... and saw you'd left me a goodie and here I am, in the office to see what's up ... ME! LOL? It's soo true! I stayed up til 3 am a week or two ago, and my weight shot up 3 lbs!


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    I hope you enjoy your new team. I am sorry that you are not sleeping well but it does help to know that men gain weight too from not sleeping LOL.

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/8/2009 10:56PM

    It's always fun to find a new SparkTeam to join! I hope you enjoy it!

Hugs! Beverly

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KEIRALYNN 2/8/2009 10:53PM

    How true. Thanks for leaving me a kind word today, it really was so sweet of you.

I like almonds and can have them around because I don't over eat them. At least you are having foods that are nutrious for your body.

It is hard to take it easy when one is in pain but if your leg needs rest take it easy.

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

I'm doing not too badly, really, but not as well as I feel I should or could.
I know this is because my leg is bothering me. I am not exercising much for fear of making it worse. It's a bit better today because I kept off of it yesterday pretty much. I may do the same today. Not being online as much either.
So, yes, I'm frustrated. I could be losing a bit faster. But I'm working on my eating and doing better with my attitude about what I eat, I think. So, progress even if the scale ends up not shifting this week. For that, I am thankful.

Much to be thankful for, indeed.

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MOV4WARD 2/8/2009 3:01PM


& breaks into big smiles!!!

Sue, it just dawned on me! You are NOT using this frustration and your foot as a reason to quit!!!

That's pretty huge! It may go a little slower, but that's ok too, isn't it?

~ hoping your foot heals soon :)

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/7/2009 11:18PM

    Yes, Sue! We DO have much to be thankful for - every day!

Hugs! Beverly

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Mindful eating is a kind of love for myself, and it's something that I have to keep practicing every day.

Goals for Febuary:

Focusing more on Paul McKenna's 4 Golden Rules:
1. Eat when I am hungry.
2. Eat what I want.
3. Eat mindfully.
4. Stop when I am full.

This entails learning to tell when I am full, and avoiding emotional eating. I think I'm getting a hair better at this, most days, but it's one of my most difficult areas, and I have to continue to focus on this.

I'm also trying to put the guided hypnosis cd on more before bed. I'm better at that but need to work on it.

Being in charge of Nutrition of the Vivacious Valentines team, means focusing more on my own intake of fruits and veggies. I'm doing well with this, actually. I've gone far beyond the five recommended years ago. I'm hitting 9-10 servings most days. Considering that a baby zucchini only has three calories, that's not so bad on the diet. I can fill up on veggies and still stay well within the perimeters of the calorie range that I wish to keep.

I think it also helps me with a kind of mindful eating. I'm visualizing how nutritious that swiss chard was that I had for supper. It just looked so healthy to eat and it was so delicious! If you had told me twenty years ago that I would rhapsodize about swiss chard, I would have thought you were nuts!

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MOV4WARD 2/7/2009 2:48PM

    lol, swiss chard, eh???

that is something i've been eyeballing but not had the courage to try. i did, however, come to love fresh spinach in lieu of lettuce and now in stir fry. it is about time to explore more greens.

1 of my fav tips i heard somewheres was something like: don't focus on what you're giving up, cuz you don't have to. instead focus on what you're adding... you'll find yourself making progress as you find new foods to love & enjoy & eat frequently :)

it's too bad tv advertising doesn't sing rhapsodies of swiss chard, eh? i might have tried it long ago.

btw, my next one i'm going to try is jicama. i eyeballed it yesterday and left it there. sometimes i have to eyeball something a few times b4 i get the courage to buy & try ;)

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/7/2009 8:57AM

    You're doing GREAT, Sue! I'm looking forward to having you on the Vivacious Valentines this month and can't wait to see what kind of nutrition challenges you will come up with!!

Hugs! Beverly

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KEIRALYNN 2/7/2009 1:37AM

    You had a good weight loss last month. I wish I like veggies, most days I don't have any. Some days I manage to choke down a few. You are doing great

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    You have set great goals. Good luck - you WILL reach them.

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Today is Thirstday

Thursday, February 05, 2009

This is a very true statement. I really enjoy the quotes I have found by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, thus far.

Today I have been thirsty and have already gotten my 8 glasses of water in, so I may end up squeezing in an extra one or two.

I need to work on detecting my hunger, as per Paul McKenna. I should journal this. I did work on this earlier today... but I still managed to do this mindless eating of dried peaches during a chat - something that I haven't done for quite a while. At the moment I am overfull, for the first time in at least a couple of weeks.
I should pat myself on the back, though, since that one pound block of bittersweet chocolate is sitting just as close to me as the bag of peaches, and is much more tempting!
While I am still within my caloric perimeters for the day, (surprise!), that is only because of the low calories in the main course that I cooked, which was a splendid chicken veggie soup full of peppers and zucchini, celery, onions, garlic and tomatoes. Not much chicken at all, really... and that all stripped of any fat that might have thought of being involved in broth making today. I need to not eat while on the computer. It's just an awkward time chat wise, and I need to move the time I am serving dinner.

I do really need to write down any changes in my goals for this month.
I'm still hoping to lose 6 lbs this month. I actually did manage to lose the 6 lbs last month by the end of the month, but I could not document it. Then I went up another half pound so I don't know. I'm trying to not be too rigid about weighing in, since mine is fluctuating so much. Also, Paul McKenna discourages this, and I am trying to implement many of his ideas. They are very helpful.
I need to drink my 8 glasses of water a day. I had a few days where this was a problem last month and I need to make sure that I get them in early.
I need to push my exercising and walking, but I am having foot problems at the moment so doing ten minutes is about all I can stand, and that is not constant today. I do have shoes that should be making this easier, but the ligament has to heal a bit more. This has been a major barrier for me, preventing me from walking as much as I need to. It's been quite painful for a long time and has become gradually more painful since I started exercising more again on the first of the year. Probably because I have been barefooted instead of wearing supportive shoes.

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MOV4WARD 2/6/2009 9:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon(snags) cy of pic

thanks for the laugh & the smile today! needed it!!! just love that quote. never heard of this person b4, so will have to look into it, but this pic is priceless!

emoticon emoticoneating @ the puter! no kidding. i just hate when i look down & it's all gone & i don't even remember eating it ~ lol

sounds like you are making all sorts of progress, except the heel/foot. Hope you heal fast!!!


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    Remember baby steps. You are doing GREAT! You should be very proud of yourself!

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/5/2009 10:11PM

    Sue, you are doing great! One thing at a time and it will eventually work out!!

Hugs! Beverly

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