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I'm not crazy I just shouldn't eat chocolate

Saturday, December 13, 2014

After not eating chocolate for weeks, I pigged out on chocolate last night before bed. Then like clockwork I woke up at 2 AM unable to go back to sleep.

These are two facts about myself I used to think were unrelated:
- I am a chocolate eater.
- I somewhat frequently have insomnia coupled with nighttime anxiety.

But if I don't eat chocolate, I don't get the nighttime crazies. So here I am awake during the witching hour but for once I am at peace and smiling at myself because I know WHY I'm awake and I know that today I can choose to not have chocolate and there's a pretty good chance that this time tomorrow I will be snoozing contentedly.

I like sleep more than I like chocolate. In fact, that may be my response the next time I am offered chocolate or am considering having some. I like sleep more.
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SUBMOM2 12/13/2014 1:44PM

    Making that connection is huge. And sleep is sooo important. I've come to realize that for me, it's the second glass of wine that wakes me up at 2, 3 in the morning, and then it's really hard to get back to sleep. On nights when I don't have wine, I sleep fine. So now I just need to be more consistent, which is tough for me.

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MSHEL7 12/13/2014 10:44AM

    I love it when you can see a direct correlation between one thing and another. It sure helps to have all the knowledge we can get.

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ICEDEMETER 12/13/2014 8:27AM

    Knowledge is power, right?!

It's always nice to have a clear connection between Action A causing Reaction B, so that you make your choice based on knowledge.

I hope that you find your choices on chocolate as easy as I've found my choices on wine and tequila --- I used to have a drink every day and thoroughly enjoyed it, but chemo killed my tolerance for alcohol (I now get blithery drunk after about 4 oz of wine). I was a wine and tequila "snob" with quite a collection of both. Yup - could still have it, but it's just not worth it to me, so I very rarely even think about it now. I'm down to about two or three 1/2 drinks per year, on the extremely rare occasion that I decide that Reaction B is worthwhile.

Hoping that your calm knowledge made it easier to get back to sleep, and that you have a well-rested and wonderful weekend!

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RANAF222 12/13/2014 7:22AM

    I also had insomnia last night!

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/13/2014 7:09AM

  I've noticed I don't sleep as well when I eat it at night.

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2015TODAY 12/13/2014 6:23AM

    Oh yes, I can relate.

Though overeating on anything will cost me my sleep, it seems. However it is my impression too that chocolate somehow has an effect on my 'nerves'.

So glad you got this insight, I'm sure it will help you.

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ADARKARA 12/13/2014 6:21AM

    Wonderful realization! It's a shame you need to avoid something so delicious, but if it affects your sleep it's probably a good idea. Hope you are well otherwise!

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Move up 5 spaces

Thursday, October 30, 2014



I found this little card during my walk this morning. On one side it says, "Exercise Today! Move up 5 spaces."

On the other side it says, "When BMR increases, cellular metabolism of carbs, lipids and proteins increases."

It looks like it might be from a handmade game of some kind. I find this intriguing, charming and inspiring.

Us SparkPeeps are used to our fitness and nutrition goals being "gamified" with the points we earn here. But I love the thought of someone making and playing an actual board game with the in person interaction and hands-on aspects that would come with it.

I feel a health-conscious craft project with my kids coming on...

You guys want to help me make up cards? I'm thinking of things like, "get a good night's sleep," or even negatives that the kids would find funny like "you have bad gas, move back 2 spaces." Leave suggestions in the comments.

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/5/2014 7:52PM

    That is totally adorable and if you want to make a work version I'd totally play it with ya! :-)

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ICEDEMETER 10/30/2014 4:54PM

    The "bad gas" just comes with eating healthy, doesn't it? Or is it just me? It's a good thing I don't get out much...

That's a way cool thing that you found, and I love the idea that you got from it! Are you going to make it a "permanent" game board, with the family making their "moves" each day, or have it as another game for "family game night"?

It might be fun to add in some organization stuff, like "completed homework before dinner", or "cleaned out dresser drawer", or "didn't put the laundry away, but found something to wear under the bed"...

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SUBMOM2 10/30/2014 4:42PM

    That IS cute. It's neat the little things we notice while walking.

Hmmm...maybe for the board game you could break up "exercise today" into specific challenges, like "jump rope for 10 minutes" or "walk to the mailbox" or "make 7 free throws".

Have fun!

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2015TODAY 10/30/2014 2:15PM

    "EAT YOUR GREENS!"

And you could sneak in things like: help mom with the laundry, move up 3 spaces - make your bed, move up 2 spaces!

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MSHEL7 10/30/2014 1:42PM

    Love the bad gas one, that is great. I'm not too creative, but will think about it over the day and if I come up with something I'll let you know. The possibilities are endless and it sounds like a lot of fun.

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life hacks 2fer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Life hack: fly-away cardigans

I wear a cardigan to work just about every day because my office is FREEZING all the time. A couple of my cardigans don't button or fasten at all which drives me crazy when I go out for a walk on my break. (Now that it's fall I need the cardigan outside too! Crazy!) I just hate it when my sweater flies open and slides off my shoulders.

Solution? Binder clip!



Bringing "Business Dorky" to a whole new level.
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Life hack: small snack storage

A handful of nuts is a great snack. But to take them on the go you need to put them in something, and I try to avoid plastic baggies. I really appreciate reusing and repurposing items. You know. The whole Reduce, Reuse, Recycle thing. Turns out small prescription bottles are an excellent size for just this purpose. I have 3 in my small purse right now.



From left to right: walnuts, lightly salted almonds, and because it's the season of pumpkin spice every-freaking-thing, pumpkin spice almonds

  
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DAYBYDAY14 11/8/2014 3:52AM

  I have been looking for a way to preserve my spices.
The mini tupperware boxes, just don't seem to seal all that well.
I think your pill boxes will be perfect!
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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/5/2014 7:51PM

    BRILLIANT!!!

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CMNOVAK 10/29/2014 7:25AM

    I love it! Binder clips are the best invention ever.

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2015TODAY 10/29/2014 7:02AM

    Handy solutions! I found a cheap store in my country that sells tiny plastic containers. About twice the size of a small lucifer box. I bought them because I thought they were cute, I didn't expect them to be useful.
But they are indeed sooo handy for carrying nuts! I also use them to store herbs that I buy in a plastic bag; once the bag is open I never knew where to put them.

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SUBMOM2 10/29/2014 12:32AM

    I used a binder clip on my dress one day at work. Life saver!

I love the idea of the prescription bottle for the almonds. At home I put them in a shot glass but I guess that wouldn't look so good at work. emoticon

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WIFE49 10/28/2014 3:22PM

    Yes, indeed....binder clips have so many uses.

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ICEDEMETER 10/28/2014 3:17PM

    Oooh - good thinking!

Binder clips are kept everywhere, and are good for everything, but that use for the pill bottles never occurred to me. Now I'll just have to pry the next ones out of the Man's hands before he kidnaps them to keep assorted nuts, bolts, fuses, and other small parts organized in the vehicle tool bag.

Sorry to hear that it's cardigan weather outside, too --- but it's got to be better than the 100+!

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NEKOCHARM 10/28/2014 2:58PM

    Binder clips are so useful! I use them in the kitchen instead of those plastic bag clips. They're much sturdier. And pill bottles for nuts - what a great idea! I just came across a couple of empty bottles yesterday, and couldn't decide if I should chuck them into the recycle bin or use them for something. Now I know. Thanks for the ideas! :-)

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MSHEL7 10/28/2014 2:52PM

    Binder clips are the best. I also take the clips off of the plastic pants hangers (after they have gotten broken and can no longer be used as a hanger) and use them for clips for the bread bags or chip bags, or even baking items bags, like choc. chips or brown sugar-the possibilities are endless. I do love the pill bottle idea, I'm going to use that one for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/28/2014 2:36PM

    Binder clips have saved me from a variety of office clothing fails!

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ADARKARA 10/28/2014 2:22PM

    great hacks!

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2DAWN4 10/28/2014 2:16PM

    I enjoyed the hacks! Smart ideas!

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note to self about chocolate and sugar

Friday, October 03, 2014

I hope that writing this out helps me really accept something about myself that I know on an intellectual level, but I just don't seem to assimilate.

When I eat chocolate, I don't sleep well.

When I eat sugar, I get irritable and agitated.

Even if I don't consider the impact chocolate and sugar may have on my weight and other health factors, the impact on my sleep and mood affect my quality of life in real and immediate ways.

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/7/2014 6:02PM

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ALICIA363 10/5/2014 8:38PM

    Hope seeing it in writing helps!
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SLIMMERJESSE 10/4/2014 3:16PM

    Man, I was doing so well with sugar for a long time. Suddenly, whamo. I've got to correct this current trend of more sugar daily.

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/4/2014 12:57PM

    I have to remind myself of that with dairy products. When I really get the urge for chocolate milk or ice cream, I just remember how terrible my sinuses will feel and how long it will take for my face to clear back up. Sometimes that's more powerful than the impact to the scale. Good luck!

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ICEDEMETER 10/4/2014 10:11AM

    MSHEL7 is right - the knowledge of how something specifically affects us is sooo important (even when it's knowledge that we'd really rather not have!)

I hope that the next step - using that knowledge to tweak what you're eating - isn't too steep...

(Weird personal thing - for me, a bit shaky and irritable from a bit too much sugar can be counter-acted by strong, black coffee...)

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FREGGIE 10/4/2014 3:58AM

    Oh do I hear you!
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SUBMOM2 10/4/2014 1:54AM

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MSHEL7 10/3/2014 11:04PM

    I love it when we can see how something is affecting us in the real world, not just cals in and cals out. Knowledge is half the battle.

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two years on SparkPeople

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two years ago today, I signed up for SparkPeople and started tracking what I ate. It was so enlightening to track! Things I thought were at least moderately healthy choices (like the veggie burrito at Del Taco) weren't so great after all.

My original weightloss goal was to lose 100 pounds by my 40th birthday in 2017. (I guess I didn't want to rush anything.) With healthy doses of commitment and luck, I surpassed that original goal and did so ahead of schedule. (I also upped my goal to lose a total of 140 pounds and met that, but have had some regain since then.)

I tracked my nutrition, fitness and water religiously for about 18 months. But things changed and tracking what I ate was no longer a good tool for me. It became a weapon I used against myself. I would binge, track, berate and repeat.

But that is just my story. If tracking works for you the way it did for me for that first year - whatever works for you - use it. I continue to track my fitness and take advantage of other tools here.

I am very grateful for SparkPeople and the friends and support I have found here.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/7/2014 6:02PM

    Way to go, Steph!! Two years of being committed to your health is AWESOME!!

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BEEAUTIFULDAY 9/12/2014 11:05AM

  You have been a great inspiration to me over the months here on spark. Thank you for posting again... You should do what works for you - not tracking or maybe you'll go back to it, who knows. You've hit so many impressive milestones, and should be very proud. Thanks for being my friend out here!

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MSHEL7 9/10/2014 9:59PM

    Happy Sparkversary!! I'm glad you're here too and my goodness, you have done wonderful!! Thanks for the advice, I think sometimes we do get a little wound up in the things that are not working for us instead of just using the things that do.
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ALICIA363 9/10/2014 7:11PM

    "...binge, track, berate and repeat..." This sounds familiar. I must keep it in mind when observing my own behavior.
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AGILECAT 9/10/2014 7:04PM

    Good for you! It is important to notice when things stop working, or even become counterproductive--thanks for pointing that out. Keep on keeping on. Your story is very inspiring!

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2015TODAY 9/10/2014 4:46PM

    I very much understand about the tracking. I try to stay away from counting calories.
Focusing on what healthy steps I can take TODAY works well for me. I feel proud when I exercised and made a healthy meal or did batch cooking. I don't think that the 'proud feeling' I used to get wayyy back when I counted calories, was a truly healthy feeling.


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SLIMMERJESSE 9/10/2014 4:31PM

    Happy SPversary; whatever works best for you is the way to go.

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ICEDEMETER 9/10/2014 1:26PM

    I'm so very glad that you found this place two years ago - and especially that you've stuck around!

I love that you use the tools when they "work" for you, and have the sense to discard them when they don't --- it's sometimes difficult to realize that something useful can become harmful.

Hope we're both around here in 2017 to celebrate your 40th birthday - and to celebrate keeping yourself happy and healthy for the years between now and then!

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FINCHFEEDER80 9/10/2014 12:53PM

    Happy Sparkversary!

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ADARKARA 9/10/2014 11:32AM

    Congrats on two years! You are such an inspiration. emoticon

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Congratulations on the two years and the amazing journey you're taking. A good reminder that one strategy does not fit all on Spark People or in weight loss in general.

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SUBMOM2 9/10/2014 11:22AM

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Happy Sparkversary! You've accomplished so much!!

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1GROVES2 9/10/2014 11:21AM

    I ,too, lost my goal weight the first year I was on SP(2010) It was uplifting and even if no one complimented me or even seemed to noticed, I was encouraged!Then I got a new job and sit behind a desk nearly all day. I have had family problems and health problems. I gained the weight back and put on 5-10 lbs extra.....I start over about twice a year and have never had the enthusiasm I had the first year.
Bust of luck to you ....and to me!
Margaret

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MJRVIC2000 9/10/2014 11:18AM

    Your talent is Godís gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God! Vic.

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