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1 Month In

Thursday, February 20, 2014

So it's about 1 month in and I'm like, "let's see how I'm progressing..." NOT. I stepped on the scale this morning and in 1 month I have succeeded in eating healthier, but I have GAINED a pound. REALLY?

Guess this means I need to work harder to burn some more calories, eh? Here's to us all... workin' towards our goals, one calorie at a time!

Found this photo at: http://katy-katyrose.blogspot.com/2013/09/
workout-goals-for-this-week4600.html It reminded me that this won't come easy and that I just need to buckle down and earn it!

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KTACKEBE 2/20/2014 10:23PM

    I'm a scale junkie, sometimes weighing 4 or 5 times a day. This time I'm staying away from the scale and weighing once a month. I'm assessing my energy level and how I'm feeling emotionally everyday instead... emoticon

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COOP9002 2/20/2014 12:08PM

    Contrary to what they say on the "Biggest Loser" the scale does lie. Sounds like you have been making the necessary changes to become healthier. A better judge of your progress might be how your clothes fit.

Blessings upon you on your journey.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

So 2014 is now underway and somehow, this year feels different. I was able to lose weight, but then I gained some back, and I have been trying to find the motivation. I don't have to look very far! My son is going to be 4 years old in March. My husband gained some weight with me. My step-son is very overweight (though I don't have control over what he eats/does at his mom's house) and my step-daughter's attitude is very diva-like. These reasons might not make a whole lot of sense, so let me briefly explain.

My son is your average boy that likes to run, jump, and wrestle... things that Mommy here has trouble doing right now.
My husband told me several times when we were just dating that if he ever got love handles I was to lovingly remind him that he is gaining weight and needs to do something about it because he doesn't want to be out of shape; I think it makes him feel less manly.
My step-son has struggled with weight for a long time, but over the last year I have come to understand my lack of control of that situation, however if I set an example he would probably be more likely to take control of his own actions.
My step-daughter's diva-like attitude makes me want to smack her, but I know that if I looked and felt like a diva I would be more prepared to handle her.

I am more motivated than I ever have been. I urge you to find your own reasons to be motivated and remember them when you're feeling like you want to eat a whole pan of brownies or sit on the couch the whole day.

Here's to 2014! Bring on the changes! Woohoo!


Iodine Deficiency - Something EVERYONE Should Know About

Friday, August 02, 2013

A dear family member recently did some research which I then proceeded to look into for myself. 74% of Adults are iodine deficient! Iodine is necessary for brain development in children, for thyroid function, and plays the role of preventative for breast cancer and other serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and stomach cancer.

Iodine is also a VITAL presence in your body because it helps you to actually absorb the nutrients that you're taking in. Without Iodine, your body cannot absorb nutrients properly, thus causing various health problems for various people.

I beg you to read this article and do more of your own research: The Silent Epidemic of Iodine Deficiency www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/oct2011

I have started taking an Iodine supplement every day (in liquid drop form) and I have noticed an improvement in my energy levels and my mood, as well as a drop in my appetite for unhealthy foods. (I've actually taken iodine on and off for a couple of years - I just didn't take my vitamins for awhile when I fell off the healthy lifestyle wagon).

So for all my fellow Sparkers out there, please take this into account as you walk your road to a healthier lifestyle. If you've plateaued and can't seem to move any further, chances are you're iodine deficient. Happy Sparking!

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EXOTEC 8/22/2013 12:26PM

    Just an addendum here... I'm currently reading a book called "The Heart Revolution," by Kilmer McCully. It's 1999, but the information is still valid and enlightening. This MD and researcher was literally drummed out of his highly respected positions due to his findings about homocysteine as the major constituent to heart disease. His recommendations are simple ones: Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid. As you might imagine, the pharmaceutical industries nearly had apoplexy over his recommendations, since they can't trademark and monopolize those compounds. I most highly recommend anyone interested in heart disease - or even "simple" heart health - find the book and read it. It should be readily available in thrift or secondhand bookstores or libraries.

If we only knew the true extent to which we're deficient in basic nutrients! vitamins, foundation molecules, all the things we've "lost" to modern processing! We can regain our health... but not if we're blindly following the recommendations promoted by our "experts," who are so heavily influenced by agricultural and pharmaceutical consortiums - with their highly-paid and influential lobbys. It's criminal.

I hope some of you will check this resource, anyway.

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DEEEBEE 8/3/2013 11:09PM

    I printed that article. Thank you for the information. Vitamin D deficiency was only recently discovered, and with our decreased consumption of salt, the possibility of a deficiency in iodine is likely.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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KERRYG155 8/2/2013 1:58PM

    The American recommendations for vitamins all that are really low compared to what the rest of the world recommends. They also change their mind on every supplement every couple of years so there's no way for us to know what we should be doing. I never salt my food and do have 4 compound cysts in the thyroid, can't lose weight and can't stay awake but my numbers don't stay high so there is no treatment for me. I may need to check out adding some iodine.

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SWANMAMA89 8/2/2013 11:12AM

    emoticon EXOTEC: Thank you for your informed response! I agree that low-salt is not the answer. I salt everything with sea salt - which is when I started taking iodine supplements because the sea salt has none - and I eat salty foods like they're going out of style. According to my doctor, I'm completely healthy aside from my weight. All my levels are normal (makes you wonder why I'm still overweight, but hey).

As far as the USDA recommendations... don't even get me started! They would say I'm going to die tomorrow if they knew how much iodine/vitamin D I take every day. The fact is that I know my body and I know when to cut back on it when necessary. The same goes for every other vitamin I take. PLEASE NOTE: I'M NOT GIVING HEALTH ADVICE. I just know how to listen to my own body, so I know what I need.

I believe that the health industry knows the true power of vitamins and eating right... there's currently a huge thing going on in Canada about the power of vitamins to cure cancer. They are trying to make it as difficult as possible for us to be healthy so that they don't lose their $$$. For instance, the recommended dosage of Vitamin D every day is between 1000 and 5000 IUs. Personally, I take between 15000 and 20000 IUs a day because I know I'm deficient. I take 1500 mcgs of iodine every day; the recommendation is 150. As a result, I never get sick. I've been taking iodine for about 2 years now... I just recently found out this research and thought I would share it.

This is in no way to say that other people need to take these large amounts. I guess I'm just proof that if you're responsible and monitor your bodily reactions, it won't kill you to take a larger dose than is on the label.

(My doctor seriously threw a fit and ordered blood work when she found out the amount of vitamins I consume on a daily basis - what is sad is that my vitamin levels all came back on the low side of normal.)

Happy Sparking! emoticon

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EXOTEC 8/2/2013 10:50AM

    Thank you for that link. I've been considering supplemental iodine for a while. I use Himalayan salt, which I already know doesn't have sufficient (any?) iodine.

I see so many people, here and on many other health and diet sites, doing everything they can to cut salt completely out of their nutritional plan - I can't say too much to them, considering I'm already "on the fringe" with restricted-carbs! It's good to see some responsible reporting on the topic to pass along, though.

An additional issue for anyone on low-carb is that that nutritional regime causes your kidneys to handle salt differently. We *need* MORE salt - and the USDA recommendations are pitifully inadequate even for an individual on their "standard" diet. As your article here also states.

I hope others will follow your link and consider its information before they just adopt the "standard recommendations" blindly. From other research (I mean data mining, on my own), salt isn't as much of a "bad guy" in cardiovascular health that we're led to believe. Hasn't done anything negative to me, at least, and I probably take in 2-3 times the recommended amount. But it's not iodized salt. I'll have to check my supplement source and get some kelp-based ones!

Thanks again

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Long Time No Post - Part 1

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Alright. I fell off the wagon. Almost a year go.

I stopped sparking. I was depressed in my job and in my family. I was stuck and didn't know what to do. I couldn't get the weight to really start coming off, so I gave up. I went to a doctor and started taking phentermine to lose weight. I lost a lot of weight, actually, but I wasn't being healthy about it. I didn't exercise enough and I didn't eat enough either. My hair started falling out because of vitamin deficiency, so I stopped taking it after 3 months (end of April 2013).

Since then, I have gained 8 pounds, but that's not all that bad considering it took 3 months to gain it. Still, I still haven't reached my goal weight and I refuse to yo-yo, especially since I recently quit smoking. I really don't want this! So what am I going to do about it?

Sparkpeople recently posted this photo on Facebook. I have used it and put it as my desktop background and I have shared it with my co-workers:

I am going to do this every day. I'm going to set small goals that are attainable. I'm not going to put too many challenges in my way - then I feel overwhelmed. I'm starting small and monitoring myself so that I can have the kind of lifestyle that is good for me and my family.

Who else is with me? Let's Spark it Up!

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LISA_SUMNER08 7/31/2013 3:57PM

    I love that picture! I'm with you!! emoticon emoticon

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 7/31/2013 12:47PM

    You can do it, congrats on the small steps towards your goal.


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Motivate Me Please

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I have reached my 30 day mark of quitting smoking, with only one relapse. That is better than I had hoped I would do. :-) Yay Me!

In other news, I have hit a motivation slump. This always happens to me and usually, I always quit. I have been working on not giving up this last year. If I say I'm going to do something, I've been working hard to finish it instead of putting it off 'til later or completely throwing it out the window.

A small list of my accomplishments (some of them) are:
-Associate's degree of applied science in Paralegal studies
-Sewed valances for my kitchen
-Made menu board for my kitchen
-Sewed a quilt for my son
-Organized closets in my house
-Organized garage/shed
-Managed my day-to-day chores (hard when you run a daycare)
-and numerous other small things that I can't remember at the moment.

I am a procrastinator by nature. I used to make myself this huge big list of things to do every morning and at the end of the day I don't even have half of it done. I bit off more than I could chew and I felt bad at the end of the day for not accomplishing all I had set out to do. I started making more manageable lists every day and now I feel great at the end of the day when I see all the items crossed off the list.

This week has been an exception. I haven't gotten hardly anything accomplished. I didn't even go so far as to make a list. My house is a mess. My laundry is piled up. I am eating less healthy foods, and I haven't had as much water as I should be drinking. I'm in a slump. So what am I going to do about?

I'm going to make my lists. I'm going to drink water, eat healthy, and exercise at least 4 times a week. I'm going to reserve a little time every day to play a game or read a book by myself. I'm going to reach my little goals so that I can move toward my big goals.

Wow. I feel better already. I guess I just needed to remind myself of my accomplishments and goals and that I will only reach them one little step at a time.

Thanks for reading!

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AZLYN1983 10/23/2012 5:59AM

    Awesome of you to accomplish those things. Doing awesome!

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COOP9002 10/18/2012 12:13PM

    Stay focused on how far you've come. We all have moments when we slip back into old habits. The key is to not stay there. You've done and well and will continue to do so.

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JUDYHELP 10/18/2012 10:07AM

  emoticon for only one slip up in smoking, that is a achievement in it's own. emoticon Sometimes we have days like that, not getting anything done. But now you made your list and you know that you have to get with it. emoticon emoticon continued success on your journey!!! emoticon Judy

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DIETER27 10/18/2012 10:06AM

  Reminding yourself of your accomplishments is a good way to start. You can do it! One day at atime. emoticon

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