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Chips - Unhealthy or healthy?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Tonight, I went grocery shopping for things I forgot a few days ago when I went. As I was shopping, I decided I wanted some "healthy" snacks. But, what ARE "healthy" snacks versus "unhealthy"?

I really wanted chips. My brain is like.. "No, Savannah, you cannot have that. It's not healthy." Why isn't it? What deems it not healthy? Isn't it all about portion control?

I decided it was a-okay to have chips, especially since I count out my chips. Not. Even. Kidding. My family cannot believe it when I do this. It is all about portion control.

Is there a food that you deemed "unhealthy" at first but than realized you CAN have it in small portions?

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PATRICIAANN46 4/8/2011 1:41PM

  Have you ever tried thin Rice Crackers? I love them more than chips. You are right about portion control. I really don't give up anything, because then I tend to obsess about it and want it even more. It sounds like what you are doing is working so keep on keeping on! emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 4/8/2011 11:48AM

    I love tortilla chips. I justify that I make the snack healthy by including salsa. And after all, tortilla chips DO have some fiber, right?

I count out my chips, too! My husband was in weight watchers a long time ago so he sees that practice as normal. I get my chips and I don't feel bad about it and the numbers fit into my tracker.

as for other foods, I eat just about anything I want as long as I'm honest about it and pay attention to how much of it I'm eating and how often. If I see myself including something in my tracker every day and it looks like I'm getting a bit obsessive about it, I back off for a couple of weeks and take that particular food out of the mix.

Happy snacking!

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FUNFROG79 4/8/2011 10:05AM

    I count EVERYTHING whether it be "bad" or "good" food. POrtion control is key! Great job!

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    For me, chips just aren't worth it! I look at the box and see that I can eat EIGHT for one portion of lots of calories! No way am I using my numbers on that! Then, I found Special K wheat crackers, and you can have about 27 of them for a serving! Yummy!

Anyway, Hersheys dark chocolate kisses are what I love, and can portion control to fit my numbers! Oh no! We're out, and you've caused a craving! emoticon Haha!

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SBLACKWELL93 4/7/2011 10:10PM

    Don't feel bad i count out my chips when i do eat them. Also crackers and stuff like that. It is all about the portions.

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WYOBZM 4/7/2011 9:43PM

    Nope. If I want it I eat it. BUT...I have been eating healthy for so long I really don't crave things. I buy the baked lays and cheddar rice cakes for crunch. I eat the sugar free 70 calorie chocalate and the Blue Bunny sweet freedom, no sugar added ice cream bars.

emoticon You are right, It is all about portion control.

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READY2ROCK206 4/7/2011 9:42PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE chips!!! As long as you have control then have some chips! In my house there's a 14 & 23 yr old boy - the chips never stick around long enough for me to have too many!

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HALFFAST 4/7/2011 9:42PM

    I eat certain snacky foods too and always count them out - 23 TJ Pretzel Thins, 8 Tostitos Artisan Chipotle, etc... It's all about portion control :)

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DEBIGENE 4/7/2011 9:21PM

    My unhealthy food is anything fried. I will not eat a full serving of anything fried anymore, but I have had an occassional bite of someone elses fried something or other. Oh yeah and another item I would not consider eating a full serving of also is a creamy dish, sauce, or soup.

No as far as chips go I have no problem eating a serving of the BAKED chips or POP CHIPS and I just recently tried and liked the new Special K Cracker Chips. If you are a chip lover and don't want to do without (like I am) you may want to make the switch to the ones I mentioned, or at least give them a try.

Good luck.

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CRISSYCURRY 4/7/2011 9:02PM

    Peanut butter. When I was doing WW, peanut butter was a whole bunch of points I couldn't afford to use. When I switched to Spark, I realized I CAN have it, as long as I measure it out and don't eat it straight from the jar! emoticon

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JENDA9138 4/7/2011 8:56PM

    some days I just have to have some chips so I bought a bag of sun chips and portioned them out into individual sandwich bags!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 4/7/2011 8:54PM

  You go, girl! emoticon

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Mental Tough Run

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Since Sunday or so, I have felt I have been struggling with life. In fact, I have been super anxious. I always wonder if people around me can tell.. but sometimes, honestly, it feels like I am twitching out.

In the last few days, I feel like it has been some unsupportive comments that were said about my 1/2 marathon training. Of course, they were from my mother. Basically, they can be summed up as doubt that I will complete it.

On Sunday, I tried to hide from these comments. So much, that I took a nap from 6:30 pm until the next morning. Than, on Monday, I ignored them. Even today, during my counseling session, I didn't bring them up.

But, it came out during the emoticon. Every time I walked, it felt like she was right, I couldn't do this. Honestly, it was a really hard run, mentally. It was like she was in my head and I couldn't get her out. In fact, a few times I got teared up. The last time was when I was thinking about my mom than I thought of the most supportive person I know which is not a family member. When I focused on the supportive person, running became SO easy. When I focused on my mom, I might as well had lead in my legs.

You know, when I started to lose weight, I didn't tell my family for most of the summer. I even avoided going home. I think I might need to do that again.. but with running. *sigh* On my run, I thought about how I am not sure if I want to share this with my family.

It is sure an interesting thought... for years, I have dying to get my parents approval and make my family proud. Now, I am not sure if I want to share my life with them. They just tear it down, it seems.

Training Day: Week 4, Day 1
Distance: 4 miles
Pace: 13 min/mile
Location: Outside
Conditions: 45` and fighting the wind

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LUCYLU221 4/6/2011 12:01PM

    You are doing great!!!! I too had a mom like that. Just know that inspite of everyone else says or thinks you are worth it and you know emoticon.

emoticon job on staying focused on your run. Keep up the great work.

Val emoticon

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FUNFROG79 4/6/2011 8:14AM

    The only approval that matters is YOURS! Don't let anyone bring you down! You are strong and determined, you will show everyone! Hang in there! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/5/2011 10:31PM

  Hi Savannah.........
If you want to, you can think of me during your runs. I am your adopted Mom and would be glad to be the supportive force who is with you when you need it.
EVERYTHING YOU have accomplished has been accomplished by YOU........NOT your family or anyone else. YOU are strong and you have proven it in so many ways. Remind yourself of this while you are running and imagine all of us on the sidelines cheering you on. I will be waiting for you at the finish line!!!

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RUNNER12COM 4/5/2011 8:44PM

    You already know my story about running my own half marathon. I carried those doubts all the way to the last miles.

You CAN do this. And when you run, you need to say that again and again and again and again until it drowns out every other voice, every other naysayer, every other everything!

I am SO excited to read about your successful half marathon. I'm waiting!

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WYOBZM 4/5/2011 8:20PM

    You love to run. It makes you happy. You don't need anyone's approval except yours. You will complete that half marathon. You will make yourself proud and you will keep moving forward because you are the most important person in your life.

P.S. We are supporting you, know you can do it and will celebrate when you complete it. YOU GO GIRL!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2011 7:49PM

    You know, that's such a hard thing. You expect the family to be supportive. But when they're not, IMHO that's time to just NOT interact with them about your marathon, your running . . . whatever seems to erupt in disapproval. DO get the support from those you KNOW support your dreams!!! You deserve that.

With all that said, you KNOW how I feel. You are going to school, doing well, making something of your life and aiming for a healthy lifestyle. Good grief! What is there NOT to be proud of??? Honestly, I am so proud of your achievements. Keep on running!!!!!!!!!

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LIQUEURLADY 4/5/2011 6:39PM

    Wow -- that's some realization. Stay strong, and run! You can do this, and show them that you can complete what you set your mind to, and be everything that you are intended and gifted to become. emoticon

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HALFFAST 4/5/2011 3:33PM

    Yep I agree... WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/5/2011 3:32PM

    At one point in my life I had to divorce my mother emotionally. It was very freeing to do so, and I never again looked to her for approval. You have others who are supportive, let them be your adopted family. You know what to do and you can do it!
I have no doubt that you can do that half, and do it well.

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PSALM42 4/5/2011 3:16PM

    I'm sorry your mom hasn't been supportive. Good run- keep it up!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/5/2011 2:48PM

    im glad you shared this sweety. WE believe in you no matter WHAT.

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A Lovely Birthday! ;)

Friday, April 01, 2011

Today is my birthday! emoticon

For the past few years, I have not enjoyed my birthday. Honestly, it was kinda depressing and lonely.

But, today was different. emoticon

It has been very relaxing... basically lots of laughter, hanging out with good friends, and taking care of me.. aka working out!

This has been lovely and continue to be... but I think what may be icing on this birthday cake for me is some weight loss milestones.

emoticon Recently, I brought a size 10 jeans and they were even a bit loose. In the last week, I have been nervous that I may have gained a few pounds as I haven't been weighing myself this week. In fact, the scale got grounded to the car. It might stay there until after my 1/2 marathon. Af

emoticon A woman that I worked for did a double take. Apparently, lately some people aren't sure if that is me! Love it!

emoticon When I walked into the cafeteria, I noticed this guy telling his friends about my weight loss. How do I know? Well, I guess I don't but it felt like it. They were staring at me and the guy that I have talked to about his own weight loss was doing the talking. I guess you could just say it is woman's intuition!

Tonight, I am going out to eat to my favorite restaurant than tomorrow work, than off to the casino. Wish me luck!!!

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ZEVCAIT 4/2/2011 1:31PM

    I'm so glad it is being a great b-day!!

I love that you gave the scale a time out!!

Happy birthday!!!

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HDHAWK 4/2/2011 12:20PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/2/2011 11:36AM

    happy happy birthday sweety!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2011 8:16AM

    Hope you had a spectacular dinner!!!! Hugs

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    Happy BIRTHDAY! You are doing so GREAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PSALM42 4/1/2011 11:00PM

    happy birthday!

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SBLACKWELL93 4/1/2011 9:11PM

    SWEET!!!! emoticon emoticonHappy birthday darlin!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 4/1/2011 6:58PM

    Happy Birthday to♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪ you♪♫**.

; Happy Birthday to ♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪you
♥ ♥ ♥Happy Birthday dear Savannah!
♪♫**.♥ .**♫ ♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪...
Happy Birthday to YOU!!!♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪...

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PATRICIAANN46 4/1/2011 6:14PM

  Hi Savannah...........
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!! I hope that you have a wonderful dinner out tonight and a continued good time on your special day.
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And I wish you continued success on your healthy living journey.

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It's Official!!!! :D

Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's official!!! I have signed up for my FIRST Half Marathon! emoticon

Even through I am in week 3 and have been telling everyone in sight that I am running my FIRST 1/2 marathon, I got nervous after it was paid for it. Now, it is set in stone.

I feel like training has been going pretty well. I implemented the short run, starting yesterday. My legs were achy-tired from the 4 mile run on Tuesday and the 2 mile run yesterday but I felt I could do the 3 miles today. I even made a pact with myself... if my pace was a bit more tired than usual, that was okay. By the way, I ran at a pace of 11/12.. apparently earlier this week wasn't a fluke!

So, I ran and ran and ran... only had to take ONE (?) walking break. That walking break was when a New Foundland (a big fluffy dog) ran out at me. Mind you, since this is an old route, I knew he was friendly. In fact, he has walked with me some before. But, I thought me running with big dog running after me was a recipe for disaster so I slowed to a walk. The master came out and called the dog. Off running I go.

When I almost finished the 2 mile loop, my feet apparently decided not to work or something. I tripped. Mind you, I have never fell when running but I did today, the day I paid for my 1/2 marathon training. Go figure! To top it off, a car stopped to see if I was okay. Um, thank you but... how embarrassing! emoticon

Anyhow, I jogged like two steps. My ankle was a bit sore so I decided to not do the last mile. Than, I looked at my knee. A bit bloody. Not to be gross, but some skin was on the inside of my running capris. Eeww!

The ankle will be fine and I am sure I should be able to run come Sunday. No worries. But, that was my running day after signing up!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/2/2011 11:37AM

    I am so proud of you!!!!

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LIQUEURLADY 4/1/2011 7:51PM

    train carefully -- and train well! You ROCK!

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PATRICIAANN46 4/1/2011 6:20PM


I am so proud of you!!! I am sorry to hear that you fell, but glad that you didn't break anything and that you will be able to continue with your training.
Take care and Good Luck!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/1/2011 11:29AM

    WOO HOO!!! Now be careful out there!!! Glad you weren't hurt too badly.

Oh by the way HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 4/1/2011 8:39AM

    How exciting! have fun training, I'll be tracking your progress!

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DAVEYSHADOW 4/1/2011 5:03AM

    emoticon on the training just take it esay on the knee and ankle

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WYOBZM 3/31/2011 9:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Be careful out there.
Way to go paying for your ace and committing to it. HAVE FUN!

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FITGRL124 3/31/2011 8:50PM

    #1 - Ice and rest your ankle.
#2 - emoticon for signing up!
#3 - I CANNOT wait to hear how your half marathon goes!!!!

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ZEVCAIT 3/31/2011 7:06PM

    Sorry about the boo boo! Look at it as your first battle scar and wear it proudly!! You are off to a great start! Keep it up!


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TYKXBOY 3/31/2011 6:13PM

    Awesome! You will do great and it's an amazing experience. Happy training!

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CALLIKIA 3/31/2011 5:50PM

    You know what all that stuff after was? Doubt. Your own self-doubt was testing you to see if you really wanted to do it. I think you do...because you threw that stuff in kind of like an afterthought to an "I'M GONNA DO IT" blog. So remember why you wanted it, and forget the rest. Those were just obstacles. Now you're past them. Time to move on stronger! ;)

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JENDOOD 3/31/2011 5:13PM

    YAY!!! What race did you sign up for?? When is it?

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SBLACKWELL93 3/31/2011 5:10PM

    sounds like your psyching yourself out a bit. But you will do just fine honey. Rest and ice your ankle, clean your knee and bandage it and get out there and do it tomorrow.

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/31/2011 5:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

that is SO GREAT!!! I ran my first 5K in the rain because I paid for it and didn't want to waste the money, so I can see how it is hitting home since you paid for the 1/2

I am thrilled for you.. what guts!! I'm toying with maybe a 10K this fall.. but a 1/2 emoticon


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PSALM42 3/31/2011 4:35PM

    I'm sorry about your knee. When is your big race? I signed up way in advance because there is no way I was going to back out on something I paid for!

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RUNNER12COM 3/31/2011 4:21PM

    That is SO awesome. Congrats on signing up. I LOVED my first half marathon and can't wait for my next one.

You will rock it!

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CRISSYCURRY 3/31/2011 4:06PM

    Woohoo!! Good luck to you!! My first half is in 4 weeks, 2 days and I'm so pumped!!

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CHRISTY60 3/31/2011 3:47PM

    Good luck!!!!

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Lovin' the job...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sometimes, I get stressed out about my job... but, tonight was not one of those days. Nope, tonight is one of those nights where I LOVE my job.

First, one of the supervisors told me that she heard I was a weight loss "success" story. Really?! Me? emoticon

I am still working on my goal... but I guess so.


She asked what was my ultimate goal and I explained I was on a mental plateau. After telling her that I am training for a 1/2 marathon. She was like.. you are more mental strong than I am.


Than, a few hours later, I was walking through the Wellness Center and BAM! there is a member where a shirt that says Sparkpeople on it! I am not sure if anyone has experienced this, but it was like I instantly had a friend. I knew nothing of this person. In fact, I asked his username before I asked his name. emoticon

To say the least, I had a GREAT day! I guess this week I have been feeling like I have my whole life ahead of me and lots to achieve. Also, I am right where I am supposed to be.

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/31/2011 10:03AM

    You're AWESOME

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1CRAZYDOG 3/30/2011 9:24PM

    You are such a special person and you DEFINITELY have your whole life ahead of you and will achieve great things!

How emoticon that you met a fellow Sparker. How emoticon funny that you asked the Spark screen name before the real name! That is too funny!!

Keep having these good days!!!

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JOAN_HEO 3/30/2011 9:20PM

    You weren't kidding! It WAS a great day! I'm so happy for you! If anyone deserves it, YOU do!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/30/2011 4:42PM

  My Dear Savannah...........

As I have said before...........You are the emoticon!!!

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ZEVCAIT 3/30/2011 2:22PM

    YAY! You are a success!!! And I'm glad the off line world is seeing it too! I hope the good times last!!!!

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FUNFROG79 3/30/2011 8:41AM

    What a fun day! You are a success! emoticon

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WYOBZM 3/30/2011 8:15AM

    emoticon emoticon I think you are definitely a success story with many more successes ahead of you. Keep showing the world how special and successful you are! emoticon

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PSALM42 3/30/2011 6:23AM

    emoticon that's funny about the user name! you are a success story!

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DAVEYSHADOW 3/30/2011 4:03AM

    Glad you found a spark friend and are having a good week emoticon

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    Oh what a great blog to read when I can't sleep!!! I am so excited for you and how this week is going for you! emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 3/30/2011 12:41AM

    Fantastic! I love that you ran into another SP member!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/30/2011 12:39AM

    emoticonYou ARE a success story!

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