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Today, I am Officially a Runner...

Friday, July 22, 2011

That is what was stated at the end of the podcast I completed today: 5k101 from Running Mate Media week 8. Actually, everyday I put on my running shoes and get out the door and run down the road 'I AM OFFICIALLY A RUNNER!!!!!"


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COMPUCATHY 7/23/2011 9:57PM

    Awesome! Way to go! You are right...everyday...from Day 1 that you did this program, you were officially a runner! Yay! Another "hat" to wear...we women have so many! Enjoy! Spark on! emoticon

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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 11:45AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Good for you! Good for you for putting on those running shoes, and for giving yourself a shout out!

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ANDIRUNS 7/22/2011 3:39PM

    Congratulations!! I'd say the moment we fall in love with running, we can call ourselves runners. Being able to complete 5K's is just the icing on the cake!!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/22/2011 3:22PM

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Very nice! Congratulations. I remember the feeling :)

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/22/2011 1:30PM

    Good for you! Congratulations on your success.

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Back to Tracking using Diet Power

Friday, July 22, 2011

I have not tracked my food intake for a while now and I am back to doing it. I am aware of eating more processed sweet treats than I want and so I figured I'd better start getting a visual of how much I am eating. I want to stop giving in to those temptations every time I go to a store. Sometimes I am successful and too often I am not.

For instance, last night I gave in to that display of peanut M&Ms. The good news is I only bought a small bag and left that large bag at the store. A small victory, but I can count it as a victory. Fortunately for me, I found them to be too sweet tasting, this will make it easier for me to say "no" at some point in the future.

Another thing I noticed is that I noticed those M&Ms really did not do a thing for me; I did not feel like "Oh, that was so good" or anything like that. I just felt like they were nothing spectacular and did not tastes as good as I remembered them to be.

I am hoping that getting back to tracking, I can stay focused on eating foods that fuel my body and give it the nutrition it needs. I use this program called Diet Power which grades my eating with the nutrition required and offers suggestions on how to make my diet better. So far, these past couple of days I got an A+, despite the sweets. This is good to know, because for too long those sweet, fat-laden processed foods made up most of my diet without providing the nutrients I need to be healthy.

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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 11:50AM

    Your food tracker sounds interesting.. I like that it gives you a grade and some suggestions as well. Like you, I have learned that tracking my food really really helps me.

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LIV2RIDE 7/22/2011 2:52PM

    It's funny how our tastes change as we get healthier. I'm glad it's working for you. I find that periodically tracking my food to be a real eye opener.

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MNNICE 7/22/2011 2:26PM

    I have come to realize that it does make a difference on weight gain/loss if I get my daily calories primarily in clean foods, or if I get the same number of calories on processed foods/sweets, etc. Tracking my food has taught me that all calories are not created equal! But like you, I do need that chocolate periodically, and try to schedule some into my plan now and then!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/22/2011 1:24PM

    Good for you for returning to tracking. I sometimes think that may be the most significant thing we do to lose weight and keep it off.

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NANCYBFULLER 7/22/2011 8:48AM

    I have noticed that also. I get a food craving for something that I thought I remembered as spectacular and then I eat it and think, that wasn't as good as I remembered it?

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How silly is that?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I am beginning to see how absurd I am being when although I want to eat health supporting foods I keep buying (and eating) those sweets full of sugar and fat, i.e. chips, donuts and candy bars. Hey! small progress here, cookies are no longer on the list.

When I watched the Meet Your Meat video it was so easy to give up farm raised supermarket meats, but I cannot seem to get a grip on how damaging sugar is to my health. I think it is because I do not see what happens when I eat sweets and often are not aware of its effects. Sort of like when meat become common on our dinner plates, the effects of such a diet were not seen immediately but over the years heart disease became common in our nation.

Today, we, as a nation, are overweight and experiencing the health problems that come from the way we have been eating for the last decade or so. My mom makes comments about some of the things I eat because she knows I want to eat healthy. I think I ought to listen and not stop eating some of those things because I do not want to be plagued with some of the chronic issues I see my parents and siblings have as we age.

So, in conclusion, I think I am realizing how silly it is to say I am so concerned about the foods I am eating and then still eat that "junk". It is just double talk. Sort of like the "Do as I say not as I do" command - where we know what needs to be done but do not do it ourselves. I think it is time for me to stop being silly and get serious about nurturing my body with wholesome foods.

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LIV2RIDE 7/15/2011 6:31AM

    We all have an area or two that needs work. It takes these moments of revelation to make changes. Now that you can see what you are doing make the change. It's not easy though so just pay attention and make healthy choices. I stopped buying sweets and started buying tons of fruit. Costco loves me!

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Do I come with a reset button?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What a day we had yesterday: the baby was fussy all day long, my daughter has been sick, I fell and hurt my wrist, my husbands pain is getting unmanageable. I wish we all came with a reset or rewind button so we can start over.

But we cannot. Today is going to be a day that we all need to keep our attitiudes in check and perhaps we all need to take naps today. emoticon

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SPOKENWORD 7/11/2011 9:08AM

    An easy button from Staples is funny! My prayers are with you for a much better week! Take it one take at a time and stay FOCUS! Sending hugs your way!

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LIV2RIDE 7/11/2011 6:28AM

    Good idea. I pray that your day got better. Here's hoping today is a much better day!

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TRY2KEEPGOING 7/10/2011 11:30AM

    I think a reset button sounds like a great idea. I wish we could have an easy button like the Staples commercial has.
I hope your day goes well!

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Sugar, It's got a hold on me

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I am trying to learn about the ill effects of that sugar has on my body. The number one thing is that it feeds cancer cells. I do not want cancer, yet why do I keep eating these sugar laden sweets.

Giving up the supermarket meats was easy for me, especially after I watched Meet Your Meat and saw the horrendeous treatment of animals the industry inflects on those creature all for the sake of profit. But sugar, now that is another story.

Sometimes I feel like I have a devil on my left shoulder and an angel on my right whispering in my ear - go ahead, buy that candy bar; you know you want it and if you don't that will be all you think about. Then there is the read the label and see what you are really eating, how is that going to support your health, you can find a better choice to snack on. And the fight is on.... Too often, more than I care to admit, the voice on the left wins. It is so frustrating.

But on the brighter side, yesterday my daughter went shopping and came out with her sweets (a bag of cookies and a Starbucks coffee drink, and said this is my last time I am buying this so help me in the future to remind me not to buy such items. On the way home she offered me a cookie. I said, "I know I shouldn't, but I will." (See how quickly I gave in to that little devil). After I had one, I wanted more. The good thing is it was not my bag of cookies. I refrained from asking for more (the angel won on this one). For about the next 5 miles, all I could think about was the taste of that chocolate morsel - ooooh it was so good. But then, all of a sudden, I quite thinking about it and the taste went away. Then I realized - I ONLY ATE 1 COOKIE!!! emoticon. If I would have purchased that bag, I would have eaten over half of the bag by the time I arrived home.

So, while sugar seems to have its hold on me, I am going to loosen its grip.

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LIV2RIDE 7/6/2011 6:28AM

    I think we all have something that haunts us. It's also harder when you are trying to refrain but those items are still around you. But GOOD FOR YOU for only eating one. That's progress. You might check out the book Breaking the Food Seduction. It has a whole section on sugar.

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SUNNYH99 7/5/2011 7:49PM

    In recovery, they call your obsession with that cookie a "phenomenon of craving" and say it is "cunning, baffling, and powerful," so you really achieved a huge victory in not giving in. But why should we put ourselves through that agony of teasing the body with one morsel when it will end up craving more, much more? BTW, I'm avoiding HFCS because for me it seems to activate that craving much faster with less food than other sweeteners. If I do eat a sweet, I try to get it from WF or make it myself. Congrats on a lesson learned and on your new resolve! And having your daughter on the same team ought to help you both!

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JUGE300000 7/5/2011 6:44PM

    It's not easy to beat. Try using things sweetened with agave...still sweet, but much better for you.


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RACHELRUNS26 7/5/2011 6:28PM

    It's hard for me to stop with one of anything with refined sugar too. Good for you for staying strong!!

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DEMONDIETER 7/5/2011 9:47AM

    emoticon Sugar is definitely a tough demon to overcome. Way to go!!

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GAILRUU 7/5/2011 9:27AM

    I have found that sugar does seem to trigger a binge mentality with me. It is better for me if I avoid it as much as possible!

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