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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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MY 5k Race Time

Saturday, July 02, 2011

emoticon I am surprised at my emotions when I finished the Firecracker 5k. I finished with my best time so far, 31'37"; yet I actually experienced disappointment as I crossed that finish line.

I have a goal to do a sub 30 5k and although I just completed a 5k with a personal best for me, I was bummed that it was over 30 minutes. Oh, don't get me wrong, that disappointment lasted only a couple of minutes then it turned to:

I just shaved 17 seconds off my previous best time !!!

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SPOKENWORD 7/11/2011 9:09AM

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LIV2RIDE 7/2/2011 4:50PM

    It's funny how we set in our mind what we want but out body give us what it can. You did a great job! emoticon

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MELOSPARKLE 7/2/2011 4:15PM

    Congratulations!!!! That's a GREAT time!!!

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Don't think of me as a wuss, but...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

My granddaughter (age 9) loves to accompany me when I go for my runs on her bicycle. However, yesterday it was hot (we have had a cool summer so far) and the roads were just graded and had lots of sand and rocks. It was hard for her to pedal because her bike kept getting stuck in the sand and she had to get off her bike and walk it past the sandy areas and the rocks were making it difficult to keep her balance. About the third patch of sand she says, "Don't think of me as a wuss, but it is hot out and why are there so many rocks on the road?

Don't think of me as a wuss... what was going on in her mind that she would say that? It made me think of how many times I thought the same thing while training in the couch to 5k program when I just started running. Sure, I needed a walk break before the time was up, but don't think of me as a wuss because at least I am out there running and walking, getting stronger each week, losing weight, getting fit.

This blog is for all of you Sparkers that are on your way to acheiving your goals - you are not a wuss - you are strong! Sure there may be obstacles that seem to be in your way, but you can overcome them. And most of all, it is not really what other people think that matters, it is what you think of yourself. Stay positive. Focus on your goals. And, most importantly, don't think of yourself as a wuss.

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LIV2RIDE 6/30/2011 2:54PM

    Great blog! I know I'm hardest on myself and tend to push to hard and too far. Sometimes you need to know when to cut yourself some slack and just do the best you can. You best is always good enough!

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52114ME 6/30/2011 11:18AM

    It is difficult not to call ourselves a wuss when we can't complete a task we find challenging.

I do agree with you though in changing our thoughts.
I am not a wuss. I am off my rear end DOING it!

Each time we attempt the task we are getting stronger!

Just keep getting out there is my current mantra.
Thanks for the pep talk. :-)

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