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It takes effort to be different,

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

but it is worth it. That is a quote I heard for some program and I think I have to agree; especially when I eat out. It is so hard to find health supporting items on the menu at the majority of resataurants.

We have been eating out a bit more than usual these past few weeks and I am amazed at how most items are deep fried or topped with a sauce or gravy. Once or twice I ordered a BLT but decided to have the french fries and I just did not as good as I do when I eat a huge salad of greens and raw veggies. Those times I left the restaurant asking myself why didn't I order a salad and/or baked potato and veggies on the side.

The other day I went to the warehouse store and loaded up my cart with fruits and vegetables. At the checkout, the lady bagging commented "You sure do eat healthy, my cart never looks like this when I go shopping."

Just simple things like ordering at a restaurant and loading up one's grocery cart can cause me to be different, but you know what? It takes an effort to be different, but it is worth it! I feel so much better now and weigh less than I did years ago.

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    its an empowering feeling to lay your grocery items on the little conveyer belt and see healthy fruits and veges. It adds a little bounce to my step and swing in my hair.

You also have to watch even the healthy foods at restaurants, the outback next to my house the grilled chicken meal is more calories than a steak adn neither are low calorie items. They coat the chicken in oil before grilling and it adds a ton of calories. When I go out, I always order a to go box as soon as they bring the food and take half the meal and go ahead and box it up. This way I know I can eat whats on my plate and if I am hungry later on I have something to nibble on or dinner for the next night (if hubby doesnt eat it as soon as we walk in the door lol) I guess being broke has its benefits, we havent been able to go out to a restaurant in 6 months or longer. Anniversary is next week so I'm sure we'll be making up for lost time.

emoticon Happy Smiles being sent your way :)

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CANNIE50 10/7/2011 1:01PM

    Nice blog, good points. Thank you for commenting on my "bully" blog - I appreciate your support. You've definitely got this.

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TRENTDREAMER 10/5/2011 8:55PM

    "Just simple things like ordering at a restaurant and loading up one's grocery cart can cause me to be different, but you know what? It takes an effort to be different, but it is worth it!"
* amen!

Whenever I eat out for dinner, the salt in and of itself. dehydrates me and makes me feel lousy. Almost invariable i get a poor night's sleep.

Thanks for commenting on my recent blog i really appreciate it.

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WITCHYWOMAN45 10/5/2011 12:58AM

  I've had those comments at the grocery checkout as well. And not just from the cashiers either, from the folks ahead or behind me in line. But ya know what? I like being different! emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 10/4/2011 6:08PM

    Yes, it IS worth it to be different. Y B normal?

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JITZUROE 10/4/2011 4:42PM

    very inspiring! It IS hard to navigate through confusing menu's, and then likely confusing the server, etc etc. It can seem easier to just throw in the towel and get 'the special' : (. I am guilty of that!

Kudos for your healthy cart contents and for a great approach to health!

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LIV2RIDE 10/4/2011 11:37AM

    It is well worth the effort. I would rather be different than to be suffering like most people are on the standard American diet. Thankfully we are enlightened to a better/healthier way to live.

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I did a 10k on my own yesterday...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I started out thinking I was only going to do my noraml running route, which is about 4.5 miles. But as I neared home, I realized that I was enjoying my run so I decided to keep on going and aim for a 10k distance.

I hit the 8k close to my driveway and thought I'd head down toward the lake and turn around when my nike+ announced I went 9k. Well, it turned out that I went all the way down to the lake. Notice I said "down", almost 1 mile downhill. That meant that I had to go almost 1 mile uphill on the turn around.

I am so pleased with my progress -- I was able to run all the way back up that road. emoticon

It was such a pretty run too. The leaves are just starting to turn. The best thing is now I have running route for a 10k. Oh, my finishing time - 1:06'57 -- my best time so far.

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KELLEEH 9/28/2011 7:23PM

    That is absolutely wonderful! I am able to do a 5k, and am working on a 5-mile route. Then maybe a 10k will be in my future!

Way to go!

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GOING-STRONG 9/28/2011 12:44AM

    Fab Fab Fabulous ~ Great job! I usually only run 5k but am planning to do the Great Columbia Crossing 10k this coming weekend. Not sure how far I'll be able to run without stopping but I'm going to give it my best shot. Now hopefully the weather will cooperate. Have a wonderful week, Rhonda

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LOPEYP 9/27/2011 7:52PM

    What a great accomplishment! Kudos to you!!

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ELEMENOPEO 9/27/2011 6:01PM

    Great job! Thanks for sharing the beautiful view. Leaves are changing here too. But it is still nice to be outside while it's warmer.

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FRANNYMAE80 9/27/2011 12:41PM

    What a great picture! and congratualtions on your 10k, that totally rocks!

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LIV2RIDE 9/27/2011 11:54AM

    Good for you! what a beautiful photo. I can't believe the leaves are already turning. emoticon

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AUNTKITTY 9/27/2011 11:20AM

    Wow - that is TOTALLY impressive! (and the picture is beautiful too.)

I think you deserve a trophy!


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Ok, So I clicked on the HFCS ad on Spark People

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I found the title of the website to be very appropriate for its message: The website is full of information to inform us that sugar is sugar. It shows how different types of sugars are made. I found the message of the site to be that since sugar is sugar one form of the processed stuff is not really worse than another.

I found it deceptively truthful in the HFCS section on how different refinement of HFCS are added to baked goods and sodas. The reason I say 'deceptively truthful' is while it is true that HFCS is added to baked goods and sodas, why is there no mention of how many other products HFCS is added to?

Check out this link and see which foods we get added sugar:

Yeah, I think it is a sweet scam - put HFCS into as many products as possible and then advertise that sugar is sugar and it is OK in moderation. Exactly what is moderation?

I am fascinated by the argument that we are genetically designed to like the sweet tastes of food - after all, that is what helped our ancestors determine whether or not a fruit was ripe, not so ripe or rotten. To me, that argument does not make sense, because our ancestors did not usually go to a grocery store and "pick" a highly and overprocessed food to eat. They ate whole foods, with the least amount of processing as possible.

Let's get real and eat real food.

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TERTELLE 9/27/2011 1:10PM

    The thing about real food is that real food has no label...every time I'm tempted by a new "package" I repeat that little mantra to myself in my head.

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FRANNYMAE80 9/27/2011 12:39PM

    Thanks for sharing this! Some of the products you don't even realize sugar is in. I haven't had a a soda in a month and this reiterates why.

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SARAHTAIT 9/27/2011 12:33PM

    I agree....HFCU is not good at all! thanks for bring it to people's attention!

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LIV2RIDE 9/27/2011 11:53AM

    I'm one that has a sugar problem. Not a problem really I just really really like it in all forms. I have found that when I was having a green smoothie every morning for breakfast that I wanted sugar less and even thought about it less. But now that the weather is colder and I've gone back to my old faithful oatmeal I find myself thinking about sweets much more. I won't buy foods that have HFCS in it or even artificial sweeteners. That is just one small step in the battle though.

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LODYANGEL 9/27/2011 11:05AM

    You are so right! HFCS is not good for you. For the past few months I have been trying to avoid eating any HFCS. In October I am cutting out foods with anything that is partially hydrogenated in them...Wish me luck!

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CRISSA1669 9/27/2011 10:07AM

    AGREED!! All Sugar is NOT Sugar! Check out the documentary King Corn and take note of the part where the filmakers set out to make HFCS(CRAZY) that for sure is NOT normal and it is not normal what HFCS is doing to our bodies...if people have not noticed....we are getting FAT in some seriously WEIRD family calls it "GMO Fat" because it's certainly not the same as when Grandma was plump and squishy cooking whole foods. "Let's get real and eat real food" AMEN to that!! Thanks for the post!

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Had to change original goal - but...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Here I am crossing the 5k finish line. Considering when I started running I was not able to run to my neighbor's mailbox, I am so proud of my accomplishment. I am finding that running a race is a lot like Spark People, there are many ups and downs on the way to that goal.

1. Set a goal.
2. Design a plan to reach that goal.
3. Begin to execute that plan.
4. Have a plan B in case the first plan is not reasonable.
5. Expect a few failures on the way to reaching that goal.
6. LEARN from those failures so you can avoid doing it again.
7. Stay focused on that goal, i.e. why you want to accomplish that goal.
8. Once you accomplish the goal, set another one.

This was my best "Official" time on a race so far. I could have pushed myself a bit harder to reach my goal of a sub30, but I had some not-so-good eating for two weeks, so my goal for this race was to do a sub31 and finish strong. I accomplished both. I heard some one comment "wow! Look at her go!" as I neared the finish line.

My advice is "Never Give Up! Goals take time and effort to accomplish. Keep Striving to achieve"

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52114ME 9/26/2011 9:38PM

    Way to go Girl!
You are an inspiration to me. I am keeping my eye on you.
I have just updated my long term goals since I recently met mine.

Keep up the hard work!

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SANDYBRUNO 9/26/2011 12:57PM

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KINDREDRUNNER 9/26/2011 12:01PM

    Awesome! Congrats on the finish!

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FRANNYMAE80 9/26/2011 11:18AM

    Way to go! Congratulations on you race.

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35ANGELS 9/26/2011 10:43AM

    emoticon I'm just starting the C25k this week. Awesome time....any plans for another 5k?

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Cake Inhalanator

Friday, September 23, 2011

What is a cake inhalanator? That was me yesterday. I do not what I was thinking. I cleaned out the fridge yesterday and came across some of the leftover frosting from my grandson's birthday cake. And there on top of the counter was a boxed cake mix - dh had set it out as a hint.

So, I made the cake, let it cool 10 minutes and Magic happened - within a half hour half the cake disappeared. OK, I don't take credit for all the disappearance; only half of it. emoticon emoticon

I have to admit, it tasted good. But i knew it was not a good choice for me. To end my day, I went for a 4.5 mile run and then did a 45 minute bootcamp workout. And I have to admit, the exercise made me feel a lot better than that cake.

Moral of the story: exercise is a better mood lifter than junk food. Let that be a lesson to me the next time I want to pig out on junk food. emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 9/23/2011 7:18PM

    These things happen. Live and learn. Owning up to it on a public blog? Well now, that takes guts. Way to go you. Keep up the great work... it's one day at a time. Half a cake is nothing compared to all the amazing things you are accomplishing.

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MARTHASPARKS 9/23/2011 3:31PM

    Husbands can be the worst offenders when it comes to temptations: all kinds of temptations. emoticon

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RMDILLEY 9/23/2011 1:03PM

    I can relate, I think my boyfriend is out to sabatoge me. The exercise definitely is a mood lifter!

Good for you!

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CHIEF_GEEK 9/23/2011 11:31AM

    I can relate to that story. My wife is a very good baker, and her cookies are to die for. Last week, she whipped up a couple dozen cookies and I looked at her like what are you going to do with those, I hope taking them to work. Well she did, but I was in the freezer the other day, and I found the secret stash. YEP, they were calling my name. SO BAD, but SO GOOD too!

Comment edited on: 9/23/2011 11:31:55 AM

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NJMATTICE 9/23/2011 11:23AM

    I inhaled quite a bit of cake last weekend as well. My father and my sister share a birthday, but heaven forbid they should share the same cake. My father had two cakes, my sister had two cakes, there was cake for dessert at the banquet honoring my father and two coffee cakes at brunch. No cake goes untasted by me. (It's a rule) I'm glad that's behind me. As Marie Antoinette said, "Let them eat cake!" And I might add, ". . . and then get the heck back on that wagon!"
Enjoy your weekend.
Positive Bloggers Team

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LADYJ6942 9/23/2011 11:14AM

    LOL, Love it and it is oh so true.

Good job!!!!

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