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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ok, the entry is about yogurt. I read alot of health articles and such on a daily basis. Recently I've been reading alot about yogurt. A very main staple in my families diet. I am shocked about what I have discovered!!

This is probably not going to come as a surprise to you, but just in case you haven't checked here goes.....

Several months ago I read about how much sugar is in fruit flavored yogurt. My kids love fruit flavored yogurt. So I started buying vanilla instead and adding my own fruit. That was not that big of a shock to me.

I recently read that plain organic is best, so on my last trip to the store (My small town does not regularly carry Greek yogurt) I thought I'd check it out, here is what I discovered. This is a one cup serving size.

GV Brand Low-Fat Vanilla / Stny.Field Organic Low Fat Plain
Calories - 210 / 120
Fat - 1.5 / 2
Potassium- 320 / 510
Carbs - 41 / 15
Sugars - 35 / 14
Protein - 7 / 1 0

Note: That is vanilla yogurt, not fruit yogurt! I can only imagine!!

Look at the calories, carbs and sugars!! Wow!! I can add my own darn vanilla!! That is crazy!!

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AMEENA5 2/25/2010 11:12PM

    Ouch. Another reminder of why I have to keep reading labels...look at those numbers!!! Wow.

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CANDICANE32 2/22/2010 9:57AM

    everything has so much hidden sugar. everyone talks about hidden fat but they rarely mention sugar. whenever they take the fat out of stuff, they have to make it taste good so they add more sugar. most things low fat have an extremely high carb count. it sucks!!!!

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BTRFLY9IRL 2/19/2010 4:13PM

    i love stoneyfield yogurt!

i was getting the FF french vanilla but it has so many more calories!

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LIZZYMITCH 2/18/2010 3:00PM

    I've always been a plain yogurt eater but wow! I didn't realize it's so much better for me. Sweet =]

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN 2/17/2010 2:48PM

    Good blog! Sweetened yogurts make my blood sugar go crazy and it's pretty obvious why.

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WHOAMOMMA 2/17/2010 10:54AM

    Yeah, it is surprising what goes up when THEY add things to yogurt. You put fruit in and you get fiber, they put fruit in and it is still no fiber.

I've gotten my hubby to like plain yogurt at home. When he's out of town he will buy the flavored ones just because they are small and fit in his lunch/refrigerator.

Keep up the healthy reading!!

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ROTTMOM71 2/17/2010 10:43AM

    emoticon Wow! That is an eye-opener! Good job being aware of what you're buying and eating. Small changes add up to big results.

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How many meals a day do you eat?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ok, I'm thinking about maybe changing up some stuff. Cause I've had a "few" setbacks recently and I'm thinking change may be due. So I'm asking everyone for some help over the next week and I'm hoping to find what I need in my fellow sparkers responses!

So today my quetion is How many meals a day do you eat?

I am currently doing the 3 meals 2 snack thing. Which just doesn't seem to be cutting it. I'm still ravenous. So I'm thinking of maybe trying to do the smaller meals more frequently thing.
So I'm curious how many small meals? Are they all about equal?

What constitutes small meal?

Meal ideas?

I have children, so anyone out there with children follow this kind of plan? Do you still make complete meals for them, or are they eating more frequent smaller meals too?

Thanks everyone for the input I really appreciate any responses and opinions and insights!

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GGKIDS7 2/16/2010 9:03AM

    I lost weight when I was a member of a wellness center diet program. We were to eat one protein and one carb 5-6 times a day total about 1200 calories or so. All the free vegetables you want. Fruits were counted as carbs. It works but like I said before, it gets to be too time consuming. Eat healthy, count calories, drink water and get exercise.

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CEB2007 2/16/2010 8:58AM

    Eat when you're hungry but not necessarily a meal and make it protein and fiber. That works for me when I work my plan. My problem is I'm not always on plan.

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GRCHIK 2/15/2010 9:51PM

    My eating habits range from 3 meals, 2 snacks... or just eat 5 times roughly the same calories each time. I prefer eating the same amount each time because it just seems to make me feel fuller (and feel like I graze all day even though I'm staying in my range). The only downside is while working I can only do the 3 meals, 2 snacks.

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MILLISMA 2/15/2010 8:54PM

    I also found the 3 meals and a snack wasn't working for me. Believe it or not, I was too full to eat the calories sp wanted me to consume for the amount of exercise I do. So I added a midmorning and afternoon to the tracker leaving the meals and snack listed. Sometimes it might just be a protein bar since protein was another issue - I prefer fruits and vegetables. I found some that were only 200 calories with 20g of protein. Another mini meal I like is yogurt and a piece of fresh fruit. I just keep it very simple.

Hope this helps a little.

Mary Anne emoticon

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GGKIDS7 2/15/2010 8:26PM

    Opps, sorry I did not intend to send the same message twice, so correcting that here.
Have a great day. emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/16/2010 9:05:09 AM

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GGKIDS7 2/15/2010 8:26PM

    I usually eat the three but I have tried the five to six with success. Just gets to be a hassle.

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ALL4ME2010 2/15/2010 5:28PM

    I have recently switched to the 6 smaller meals a day. Yes, it does seem that you are eating all the time. My advice would be to make sure you get protein in there to help with the cravings. I had to switch due to IBS issues. I've noticed that I've had fewer flareups since I switched to the 6 smaller meals. SO, it does work for me. Hang in there. :o)

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LIZZYMITCH 2/15/2010 2:30PM

    This might sounds crazy, but I feel like the more frequently I eat during the day, the more hungry I am. Almost as if I'm metabolizing everything so fast that I'm in a constant state of hunger. When I keep it around three meals, it works well. Starting out with a semi-hearty breakfast also seems to work well with me. I'm usually never hungry around lunch, so lunch is light, and then just as my stomach starts talking, its dinner time, and then before the hunger hits again I'm in bed.

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MICHAELA2780 2/15/2010 12:17PM

    I actually went the opposite direction. I did 3 meals, 2 snacks and had the same problem. I went with the 3 big meals...I read some info on and that helped me make up my mind. I have to plan my meals fairly well so I get the right kinds of food that will keep me full but that aren't too high in calories. But it has actually freed me up to concentrate on other things during the day. Before I was constantly trying to figure out when I needed to eat again...that was frustrating!

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HJFOGARTY 2/15/2010 12:13PM

    oh and you have a beautiful family!

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HJFOGARTY 2/15/2010 12:13PM

    well I always eat 6 meals but so does my family - a good breakfast with a fruit, starch, and protien - a snack (100 calories) lunch usually a salad with a protien - a snack (fruit) dinner usually fish or chicken with veggies - and sometimes a snack (jello with some fruit in it)

here is a sample of my menu today

Oatmeal with protien powder - tea - flax seed oil

blue berry smoothie - 1 C berries, whey protien powder and ice

salad - romain, carrots, cucumber, green pepper, and 4 oz of turkey with balsamic dressing


salmon and 12 oz of veggie (green beans tonight)

sugar free fat free jello

I find I'm not hungry between my meals - I am hungry at meal time. I drink 64 oz of water and if I do feel a hunger "pain" I drink a glass of water first because sometimes when we think we are hungry it is dehydration! so I always drink my water first!

hope this helps and good luck!

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Yep, I'm a pirate! hehe. I have had a really unhealthy weekened! I made really bad choice and over indulged. I barely exercised, I ate whatever was around me. I got really frustrated about the scale not moving nad just kind of gave in for the weekend. Not good! I know and now I'm feeling horrible!

I feel bloated and miserable. I know what I should have been eating, and at the time I didn't care. Even though I knew the whole time that I was going to be very upset with myself later. I don't know why I can control myself! It really pi@#*s me off sometimes!

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LIZZYMITCH 2/15/2010 2:39PM

    its alright. falling off the wagon is inevitable. just have make a point of dusting yourself off and getting back on. I don't know if this'll help you at all, but I like to try walking on weekends. Seriously taking a few hours to be outside by myself, walking and reflecting. If you're in a pedestrian area and you can get some errands done, that's cool too. But just walking around and not centering my time around food or other people burns calories and helps me evaluate why I do the things I do. I can think about what went well and what went poorly during the week, and I can try to be a better me the next week. and somehow, spending time with my conscience makes me want to eat healthy during the weekend and for the rest of the week.

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1NICUBABE 2/15/2010 9:30AM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. We all falter from time to time, but the trick is to get back on track again. I had a bad food and no exercise weekend too. I have on many occassions, but I'm not going to let it ruin my whole lifestyle change. Afterall that is what this is all about. Not just a one day quick fix but an overall life change

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AUNTYT67 2/15/2010 2:25AM

    Stop that right now! so you had a bad weekend, is it the end of the! Start anew from today, the past is the past, if you've read my blog you'll know that I've not had the best weekend as far as the eating goes but I'm determined to work harder this week, you're allowed to slip every now and again it's what makes us human and you also need to let you're hair down and have fun too.
Try a bit harder this week, you can do it and if you need to let off steam, we're all here for you just drop us a line it's good to vent.
Remember how you're feeling right now to try and keep on track.
Good luck and let me know how you get on.
Keep on sparking.

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ROWDYRILEY 2/14/2010 7:26PM

    we all fall down sometimes. It's the winners who pick themselves up again. Remember how gross you feel right now. The next time you go to take a bite of that not so good food, think back on how you feel now and you'll be more likely to resist. I had a bad weekend during a Super Bowl party. I felt so gross the next day. It definitely made it easier to get back on track.

The other thing that I've found is that I can't focus on the scale. It's too finiky. The time of day you're weighing, how much water did you drink the day before, what time of month is it, etc. Focus instead on those things you can control. Have you worked out? Did you eat veggies/fruit? Did you drink your water? If so, then you're doing what you need to and forget what the scale says. Keep the focus on your habits and soon the scale will follow suit.

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GINA7249 2/14/2010 7:21PM

    it is so ok. it might seem i am perfect on my blogs but i really am sonetimes far from it. keeping me busy is a ke\y to it but i always paulter allittle bit on the weekend. u cab do it all. just trust in spark and urself that u can. just believe in the process.

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Ooops my bad...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Okay so week before last I ate at the top of my calorie range as an expeiment and lost two pounds. Last week I was going to do the same and see if it was really working. Well it didn't happen. I over ate my calorie range by more than 300 calories 3 days last week, therefore I gained this week.

It sucks. I have no one to blame but myself. I need to rededicate myself to my calorie range. (and stop the mindless munching). I need to take a few minutes and reorganize my goals and face my challenges head on.

I could difintly use some support right now, I feel defeated. I know what needs to be done, and I'm not doing it. I love how I feel when I do do it, so why am I not doing it?

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BUBBLYB 2/8/2010 11:14AM

    Let go today work really hard and think about what you really want do this year. And make it a point to get it, working hard at something is going to pay off, it might seem so far out there and you feel like why bother, but really it does matter and it starts with you if you want it you can do it. I believe you and everyone has the power to make life what they want and go get it if this is what you want to be healthy and fit then that is what you are goin to go out and get. If you fail at something one day then change it the next day.. We are all human and are going to make alot of mistakes, but we can also learn from it also..Good luck and im right here if you need to chat... Happy Monday emoticon

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LIZZYMITCH 1/27/2010 2:08PM

    Maybe try to identify where your extra calories are coming from? Did you add anything to your diet that you weren't eating before? Did your portions go up maybe? Whatever it is, it's just a small setback! You have all the tools you need and a whole bunch of people trying to eat right along with you. We can do it! A little set back can't make us give up =)

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DOLLMAKER4HIM 1/27/2010 1:50PM

    Shug, don't worry with they "why" is different every time you face this "beast"...Just think about getting those numbers back to mid-range and increasing your exercise a bit. As long as you're not having a long list of meds to screw things up, it should settle back to where you can see a loss.
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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN 1/26/2010 1:08AM

    Well, not that it helps, but you aren't the only one. Whenever I take ibuprofen I go off the deep end big time. You'd think it was a steroid.

So what's doing it to you? Something had to change in your life.

Then how do we get back on track? I'm going to have to take large doses of ibuprofen for a while to heal a pulled muscle.

We can do this!!!

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NWLIFESRC 1/25/2010 8:54AM

    can't answer for the why only you can do that but just sit back and realize how far you've come and maybe the rest will fall in place.

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A bad couple of days...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I woke up Wednesday morning with a really bad pain in my left calf. I could barely make it down my stairs. I soaked it in the tub with some epsom salts for a little bit and then th more I used it the better it felt. By last night I was able to walk without a noticeable limp. I thought for sure I would wake up sore this morning. But nope it feels fine.

I will resume aerobics today. Also the elliptical. Actually I will start on the elliptical to warm up my calf. I didn't eat well yesterday either, went over on fat and calories, but no sweat, I will do better today.

Oh yeah, I made teh Slow cooker Chciken sausage gumbo recipe on here Tuesday, it was delicious! I will make it again. (though I did substitute corn starch for file (filet ) powder)

I was able to get some sewing done though. I like this fun reversible pinafore dress. Valentines day on one side and St. Patty's day on the other!!

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN 1/22/2010 12:59AM

    What a terrific idea for a dress! So glad to hear the calf is ok. I'll have to remember to soak in epsom salts. I think my whole body could use it after tonight's workout. You're doing great!!!!

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KRISTYSPRAGUE 1/21/2010 9:42AM

    I love the dress. Glad your calf is better I have bad days too with my eating. Hang in there the reward is worth it.

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DIXIE_AMAZON 1/21/2010 8:09AM

    Glad the leg thing was temporary.

That dress is darling!

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