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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

    That's a tough one. emoticon

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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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2014TODAY 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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LAILATN 9/10/2014 11:22AM

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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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Doing my best to maintain my weight and my sanity

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guess who hasnít blogged in nearly 3 months.

Iíve been super busy playing the part of a turtle hiding in its shell.

Letís back up a bit, shall we? I started hoarding candy right after Halloween last year. But I was eating it in a very controlled way. Then the ďcontrolledĒ part went all to hell somewhere between Christmas and Valentineís. In spite of that, I reached my goal weight of 140 pounds in early February. I then proceeded to completely lose my mind. Like I said in a blog in April, I was eating like my starting weight was actually my goal weight.

I didnít start gaining weight right away, but when it did happen, it happened quickly. To the tune of 25 pounds in less than 4 months.

Now for nearly 2 months, since the end of June, I seem to be holding in the neighborhood of 165 pounds. Iím still working on keeping things from getting too extreme, whether that be obsessive-compulsive calorie counting or binge eating chocolate or cookies.

I canít say at this point when or if I will work towards getting back down to my lowest weight. Success for me right now is maintaining where I am - 115 pounds down from where I started.

Drink water. Eat fruits and veggies. Move your body. Get some sleep.

Take care of yourselves, SparkPeeps.

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/7/2014 5:37PM

    I know I haven't been around on here as of late, so I'm behind on the times - but the best thing that I see in this post is that you are being kind to yourself!!! That is a huge accomplishment and I'm so very proud of you for ALL that you have accomplished and all that you continue to do to live the best kind of life that YOU can!!

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ERNOINACTION 8/28/2014 12:38PM

    Glad to hear from you. We all have our ups and downs. Unfortunately sometimes if feels like the ups come quicker. Getting back on track is key and I know you can do it! Best, E

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SUBMOM2 8/28/2014 11:01AM

    Many of my routines have fallen apart this summer, but I'm giving it all some thought this week and I plan to have some new goals set for September. Maintaining a loss of 115 pounds is absolutely a win. You are stronger than you know.

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ICEDEMETER 8/28/2014 10:57AM

    Losing the initial weight = success.
Pulling in the reins when things were going south = success.
Maintaining for a couple of months = success.
NOT hitting the extremes = success.
Awareness of where you're at = success.
Taking care of YOU, in the way that's right for you right now = success.

It's a big learning curve to figure out a comfortable balance for weight maintenance, and I doubt anyone gets it right first try and forever. Our bodies change, our lives change, and stuff happens - and we will always have to adjust that balance for what works "right here - right now".

Regardless of whether you choose to go back to the "lowest attainable weight" or stay at "comfortable maintenance weight", you have definitely achieved "success".

Soooo glad to have you back blogging and sharing and keeping it real!



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VERSESTHATHURT 8/28/2014 10:28AM

    I don't know how much this helps, but I don't think it's that uncommon. I've read several blogs where people drop back in to sabotage mode once they hit their goal weight.

115 pounds is nothing to scoff at, and you should be proud of what you've accomplished. You did it once, and you can get back to your goal weight and nail it this time! You can do this!

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LAILATN 8/28/2014 10:00AM

    I'm really glad to see your blog post! 115 pounds down is amazing!

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2014TODAY 8/28/2014 6:24AM

    Glad to see you post! I've been thinking about you.
It would be interesting (I think) to look at what made the 'control' go to hell.I think you did an awesome job losing all that weight. Maintenance may be a very different ball game than weight loss (I wouldn't know!). Would it maybe help to talk to other 'maintainers'?

I so agree with this: "Drink water. Eat fruits and veggies. Move your body. Get some sleep."
That is what it comes down to. Be it that often I think the 'get sleep' part should be nr. 1!
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MSHEL7 8/27/2014 11:43PM

    I think sometimes we have to accomplish the sitting still before we can continue on. I've found that a few times in my journey. There are times when I just can't continue on the way I have been and I just back off and let myself be and then a month or so later I can deal with it again. I hope this plan of attack works for you, I'm sure it will in fact. You can do it.

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/27/2014 8:48PM

    Wow, it doesn't seem like it's been that long. Nice to hear from you. Sounds like you're keeping a level head about the whole thing. I know you'll figure out exactly what you want and how to get there. You've got this!!

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ALICIA363 8/27/2014 8:27PM

    Good to see you back on the blogs!
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KNEEMAKER 8/27/2014 7:58PM

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/27/2014 6:56PM

    Wow, you have done great overall and even during this time, maintain the awareness of where you're at. That's a big one.

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AJB121299 8/27/2014 6:44PM

    nice

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handy-dandy strawberry tongs

Friday, May 30, 2014

After my post about strawberries yesterday, I was commenting to a couple SparkFriends about the tongs I use to hull my beloved strawberries.



I think they were designed for olives. But with the little teeth at the end they work beautifully for hulling strawberries. I pick off the leaves with my fingers, then stab the tongs in, squeeze, twist and pull. Presto.

I got them years ago at a store called The Alley. Amazon had them for a while but I could not find them yesterday when I searched for them there.

Edited to add:

Amazon does have them! amzn.com/B000MYFIEW

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/30/2014 2:05PM

    Very cool!

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ICEDEMETER 5/30/2014 12:45PM

    What a great idea! The only other tool I've ever seen for that was at a specialty kitchen gadget store: http://www.chefn.com/Product.aspx?i
d=162

Of course, long fingernails work too (although it does make a nail brush an absolute necessity)!



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FINCHFEEDER80 5/30/2014 12:20PM

    those are awesome! And probably much less waste than I have trying to eat around the leaves and stem!

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strawberry junkie

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Some people may look in their recycle bin and see soda cans or beer bottles and realize they have a problem.

Mine is full of strawberry boxes. At $23 a flat (12 pints per flat and I eat 2 or 3 pints a day) it is not a cheap habit.

  
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GYPSYGOTH 5/30/2014 8:08AM

    Dang. They're $4/pint here. Lucky you!
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SUBMOM2 5/29/2014 5:58PM

    I love strawberries. Eat them and enjoy them while they are here!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/29/2014 2:08PM

    OMG, I can relate. I am a berry addict and have recently gotten great prices on blue and blackberries. Which I eat to excess. (smiling)

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UNSWEETMAMA 5/29/2014 1:58PM

    @ICEDEMETER I'll let you know in September when the stand I go to closes. I don't remember what happened last year. I must have blocked it out.

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UNSWEETMAMA 5/29/2014 1:53PM

    @CHRISTINATODAY I enjoy the taste very much. In fact, I get cranky if people try to talk to me and distract me. I bite them in half and look at the colors inside and the way each seed has a little vein. The bigger ones have a hollow place inside. The riper ones are softer in my fingers and are more fragrant... I have special tongs I use to hull them - I think they are for olives actually, but they work perfectly to remove the place where the stem was connected but leave the berry intact.
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2014TODAY 5/29/2014 1:27PM

    Just one question: do you enjoy the taste consciously when you eat them? emoticon

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ICEDEMETER 5/29/2014 1:21PM

    I'm jealous, too - I'm paying over double that right now (our local ones won't be ripe for many weeks yet), so am doling them out to myself 100g at a time...

So what are the "rules" to be considered a "junkie"? Will you share your strawberries with family and friends, or do you hoard them in different hiding spots so they can't find them? Do you find yourself sneaking off at various times of the day or night to get a "fix"? Do you deprive yourself of other things so that you can keep up your supply? Do you get physical / emotional symptoms when you've gone too long without some (shakes, nausea, headaches, crankiness)?

More importantly - is there treatment available (what would be the methadone equivalent for this --- raspberries? fake jam?) and what happens if you OD????

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/29/2014 1:07PM

    Bwahahahaha!!! emoticon

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SDSWTP 5/29/2014 11:35AM

    Nice! (I have the same habit, but can't find them in this quantity...I'm jealous!)

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