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Does God have a sense of humor?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Okay, now why did God make all that fattening stuff taste so good? Is this some kind of joke...eat it, you'll like it. The worst (or best) is ice cream. I get off work and what am I craving (not just in the summer---year round)? Ice cream or frozen yogurt. I have tried to find sugar free frozen yogurt or ice cream and I found on line there are companies who make it but I can't find it at my local stores. I get a little indigestion and what's my fix? Ice cream.... I scream for ice cream... I have tried to swear off of the stuff and know it is my downfall. Yesterday I had only one low cal (100) frozen fudge flavored thing and then I saw there was aspartame in it. I have quit drinking pop with aspartame and now here it is in my low cal ice cream bar, oh, God...help me find something that is cold, creamy, tasty, no sugar and low fat.... Please answer my prayer. Thanks. Teddy emoticon

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FOX2566 9/6/2009 5:58PM

Smile, today is the day we worried about yesterday!


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11-RENEWAL-20 8/19/2009 9:49AM

    Oh, as for your original question...of course, God has a sense of humor...just look at some of the people he created who think they are able to tell us all how to live and why to live...many of them without thinking that they may not be as perfect as they have led themselves to believe...LOL Listen to the advice you want to and let the rest sort of float away...Take care...Enjoy life...Sharon

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JENNNVA 8/19/2009 9:35AM

    I suffer from something similar but my downfall is chocolate. I've found if I let myself have one of those minis (like 40 calories for the tiny bite) that tends to get rid of my craving. But I guess that would be hard to do with ice cream! Hope you find something to fill that craving!

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11-RENEWAL-20 8/19/2009 9:34AM

    Teddy...I have .5 cup of ice cream several times a week...the richest , smoothest kind that God allows to be made. I pack it in a .5 cup container and take small bites which I savor slowly. It takes me longer to eat a half cup than most people take to eat a big bowl full...LOL I count the calories and fat etc etc in it and get on happily with my day.
When I started SP that's the way I did it..then I started limiting some of the foods I would allow myself and found I was overeating other things, so I'm back to measuring and tracking everything...which does include some favorites, like ice cream and nuts...I have started losing again. I plan to live this way the rest of my life, so why deny myself anything I want, when all I need to do is count it and limit the amount, not the item....Sharon emoticon

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FITKAT2010 8/19/2009 7:35AM

    God has nothing to do with the manufacturers of addictive food substances! And, He has nothing to do with our addiction to same.

Since you crave this crap so often after work, could it be something at work making you want to sabotage yourself?

Ask yourself what you want to express instead of stuff.

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MSFROGGIE 8/19/2009 7:32AM

    You are not the only one struggling!! We are here with you!! emoticon

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102633 8/19/2009 7:09AM

    Oh yes God does have a sense of humor. Just look around you at some of his creation. It certainly has to make you laugh.

As for the ice cream problem. There just aren't many options but I think that the earlier posts to you site may be your best solution. Have a blessed spark day.

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KENDALL7261 8/19/2009 7:08AM

    God better have a sense of humour or I am in trouble! I make smoothies, frozen bananas, blueberries, strawberries, etc. add milk and blend. It is cold, tasty and refreshing and really satisfies my 'ice cream' fix!

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BEVERLYJEANNE 8/19/2009 7:01AM

    He must have a good sense of humor, you are correct!

Try freezing some fruit in chunks then put it in a blender with some lowfat yogurt of any flavor. Makes a delicious frozen smoothie and it satisfies my ice cream cravings. It is like soft serve ice cream!

Hope this helps!

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MIZZYLEE 8/19/2009 7:00AM

    If you really sit and think about, it's not got that make them good goodies. It's man made. We make all kinds of delicious stuff and then wham. I would recommend you get some low-fat milk and your favorite fruits, put em in a blender then freeze em. My children loves that. They mostly do it with bananas but you can do it with just about anything.

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Good breakfast, including fresh beets!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I always wondered why people think some foods just aren't for breakfast. As a kid, we found whatever leftovers in the fridge to have breakfast. I hated the way my mother cooked oatmeal until it was gummy and then put butter on top cause she realized there was no milk in the fridge. For years I couldn't eat oatmeal, but now like it especially when I can nuke it...and like the steel cut oats, too. I put stevia and skim milk on it and sometimes some fruit. But not today, I had to cook those beets from the farmer's market and had one without anything on it, plus a banana cold cereal and coffee. I am doing well keeping track of my food and expect to lose at least 1 lb by the end of the week. Plus I am exercising every day, too. emoticon

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FITKAT2010 8/19/2009 7:37AM

    I eat only steel cut Irish oatmeal. Cooked from scrach. I have 1/2 serving with ground flax seed, cinnamon, sunflower seeds, 1/3rd of a banana, and 2 strawberries. It is HEAVEN!

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ELAINESHAFF 8/18/2009 10:19PM

    I haven't thought about beets for breakfast. I say "each to their own". I used to eat cold pepperoni pizza for breakfast. If it works for you, go for it girl.

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GRAMTOTWO 8/18/2009 11:52AM

    Last week a spark friend gave me a recipe for low cal, low fat grape nut pudding. Never had it before so I gave it a try. Ate it for breakfast the next morning and it was delicious. I say as long as it's healthy go for it! emoticon

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DOXMOM 8/18/2009 8:50AM

    Good for you! I love fresh, boiled and sliced beets. Breakfast.. hmmmm.

In a lot of European countries, you always get fresh veggies on the side for breakfast. Favs include cucumber,pepper, tomato.

Have a great week , going after a 1 lb. loss! Karen emoticon

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ERINMARIE71 8/18/2009 7:08AM

  When I was growing up, my Mom told my sisters and I that beets were "dessert." They were so colorful and we were so young and gullible that we totally believed her. To this day, I love beets! I have never tried them for breakfast, but your post has inspired me to do so. Thanks!

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Reasons to lose weight....

Monday, August 17, 2009

So I won't look like this again...at 280 lb in 2005.

I am doing great today and have kept track of all my food and don't feel "starved." I really feel like today is the first day of the rest of my life and it's getting better every day.

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    emoticon Glad to hear you saying that. keep up the good work.

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ELAINESHAFF 8/17/2009 11:05PM

    Keep it up. I know with SP's help, you can do it. This Team will be behind you all the way.

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BIGT_56 8/17/2009 7:47PM

    emoticon Teddy! I am so glad to see you back in the swing of things. You will succeed, of that I have no doubt.


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HOLLYSNOWWOMAN 8/17/2009 11:06AM

    What is that old saying, "a picture paints a thousand words" or something like that. I have one of these from when I was at Dollywood and when I go back I will need to get another cart (no walking on inclines per docs orders) but at least I don't weight 270 pounds anymore!!! These pictures say it all.

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75 reasons to lose 75 lbs...#51-75 and comment

Sunday, August 16, 2009

51. To have less swollen ankles and legs, especially when sticking to low sodium intake.
52. To look younger than my years.
53. To be able to wear capris and even long shorts (in public). I refuse to wear them now.
54. To have less problems with chafing.
55. To be able to play golf again (haven't done this for over 25 years, but remember it was fun).
56. To go to my next class reunion looking great.
57. To realize that eating sensibly is not a form of suffering or deprivation.
58. To get outdoors more often and get fresh air and sunshine.
59. To walk around my neighborhood and appreciate having a nice place to live.
60. To spend more time exercising because it will be easier as my weight goes down.
61. To be able to shop more without getting worn out so fast.
62. To be able to have a small ice cream treat once a week without feeling guilty.
63. To be able to take part in group exercises and be able to keep up, even if it is a seniors group.
64. To be able to wear a dress without feeling self conscious.
65. To be able to wear low heels again so I can feel dressed up for special occasions.
66. To be able to attend family gatherings without feeling like the fat cousin, aunt or grandma.
67. To be able to stay focused and awake without tiredness overtaking me and feeling like a nap in the afternoon.
68. To be able to read a few chapters of a book at bedtime without falling asleep right away, like now.
69. To be able to sleep through the night instead of waking up every 2 hours or more often cause I am uncomfortable in bed.
70. To be an inspiration for others who need to lose weight, knowing someone else was able to do it.
71. To impress my doctor that I was able to lose those extra 75 lbs.
72. To try out new activities that I was afraid to try cause I was too fat or too weak.
73. To be able to get out of a chair easily.
74. To be as independent as possible as I get older.
75. To live to a ripe old age and have a fantastic quality of life.

That is a lot of reasons and a lot of pounds but I know it is one day at a time and one pound at a time!!!
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FITKAT2010 8/19/2009 7:38AM

    Now, this list is wonderful. Fantastic! Motivating! Wow!

However, what about the other list? The list of the excuses to go Off Program? That needs to be stated also.


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ELAINESHAFF 8/16/2009 5:22PM

    I had #54 until I lost weight. Not so much anymore. I love #75.

You go Teddy!!

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DAISYDAY25 8/16/2009 4:00PM

  I love these I can relate to so many

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KERRYMONIQUE 8/16/2009 3:15PM

    You can do it! You will do it!! You are doing!!!

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MARCHMAID 8/16/2009 8:00AM

    I'm going to "steal" some of these reasons since I can't seem to think of enough reasons on my own! Nice list! emoticon

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    You say it so well!!! Keep them coming. emoticon

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CHRYS13 8/16/2009 7:20AM

    Please know that you are already an inspiration to others!
You've made another fantastic list. emoticon
You're on the right track toward a healthy life! emoticon

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TIMEFORJENN 8/16/2009 6:19AM

    Those are great reasons!!!
Thanks for sharing

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75 reasons to lose 75 lbs...#26-50

Saturday, August 15, 2009

26. To reduce my asthma symptoms and sleep apnea.
27. To be able to walk around the lake 3 miles without a rest.
28. To be able to move faster in the morning and not have to worry about being late to appointments and work.
29. To be less camera shy and be proud of how I look.
30. To be able to garden next year so I won't have so many weeds contributing to my pollen allergies.
31. To be able to garden next year so I can have fresh veggies, especially those fresh cucumbers.
32. To be able to garden next year so my neighbors won't be worried about those weeds spreading to their yards.
33. To be able to run after my cat if she gets outside (sneaky thing runs between my legs like a bullet).
34. To be able to travel and not have to find a riding cart (some airports don't have those!!!).
35. To be able to grocery shop without using the riding cart.
36. To feel less handicapped and not have people stare at me cause I am moving slow, using a cane or using a handicapped parking space (once had a lady yell at me cause I didn't "look" handicapped).
37. To be able to be supportive to others who need help with health issues, including diet issues and being more active.
38. To be able to bend over without getting a "stitch" in my ribs.
39. To be able to tie my shoes without getting the "stitch" from bending over.
40. To be less worried about my issues and more helpful to others who might need support.
41. To be able to do some volunteer work at my local nursing home again (I probably could do this now, but I seem to be working on a lot of personal issues, some related to the excess weight).
42. To learn to say no to those foods that got me in trouble (most foods?), especially ice cream and cheese.
43. To be more grateful like I was at 200 lbs when I remember saying I thanked God with every step that I had lost weight.
44. To be able to get on the scale at the doctor's office without taking off my sweater (as if that weighs so much) and not asking them to recalibrate their scale to match mine at home.
45. To quit blaming my weight on a sodium retention problem and thyroid disease (though true).
46. To quit worrying that my extra weight will give me a stroke or heart attack.
47. To quit beating myself up that I eat too much and I am too fat.
48. To say good things to myself about how I am so healthy (I can say it now but it will be more true after I lose some of these 75 lbs).
49. To continue to log in at SparkPeople for inspiration and support.
50. To never make disparaging remarks about other people who are overweight (I think I don't now, but remember how it felt when other people did that to me).

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KERRYMONIQUE 8/16/2009 3:13PM

    More excellent reasons, but don't forget you can start working on some of those positive attitude things right now!!! I try to say 3 positives about each day and about myself every day... I even have them on my "other goals" for SP.


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    I love this. We can all see some of ourselves in these.

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CHRYS13 8/16/2009 7:17AM

    Great list! We're all here for one another....I'll be cheering you on! (and now I think I'll go make my own list!) emoticon

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SOCIALKAJ 8/15/2009 3:09PM

    This is really great and inspiring. I know you can do this...you have SOOOO many reasons! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KEENTINA 8/15/2009 1:58PM

    This is a great idea! We should all list our reasons for losing weight - excellent motivator!

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ 8/15/2009 12:54PM

    All Wonderful Reasons, but the most important of them all is YOU! You are a motivational Sparker! I look forward to the rest of the list! Thinking about making one of my own now.

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ELAINESHAFF 8/15/2009 10:51AM

    I love your list. Can't wait to see the rest of the list. Thanks!

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LIFENPROGRESS 8/15/2009 10:35AM

    Excellent list! You WILL Succeed!

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AMYBOBAMY1 8/15/2009 10:14AM

    great reasons!

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