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I am Hanging in There

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I had a busy day yesterday and had to drive to town for some appointments. This does not sound like a big deal, but getting in the car seems to be a trigger for my husband and I. I was pressed for time and did not have time to eat as well as I should have. But before we left, I took the time to make a green smoothie - spinach, banana and papaya. (So at least I got some nutrients)

I went for a 5k run before we left and when we got to town, I noticed my muscles were a bit sore - must not have gotten enough protein in that smoothie. We stopped at a Taco John's near the place we had an appointment. I opted for the refried beans with no sauce or cheese. It was tasty. My comment was that those beans were really good or else I was truly hungry. The soreness went away after that (Note to self: feed my body after a workout)

The appointments were finished and Hubby said he wanted a hamburger from Hardees. My daughter and niece went to Taco Johns. I was not too tempted because, to be honest, it just did not look very good. I did not really miss not getting anything from the fast food places. When they started eating there was this horrible smell in the car; it smelt like grease, onions and artificial food.

I have to admit that I was getting hungry. I need to put some gas in the car, so at the gas station when I saw the fruit display I decided to buy 2 apples (one for the ride home and one for later) 2 for $1.00. Who says it is too expensive to eat healthy?

It was easy to pass by those candy bars while holding to apples in my hand. It is all about choices. I made some good choices throughout the day, but then lossed it in the evening when I discovered 2 peanut buster bars in the freezer. Needless to say, they are no longer there.

Today is a new day with new choices to make.

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    "Today is a new day with new choices to make."

Most significant sentence in your blog for me personally--I choose today what I will do for my health. The end.

Thanks for reminding me of a very important point.

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LIV2RIDE 8/4/2011 8:40PM

    celebrate the good choices you made and don't focus on the other. You did a great job with not caving to the fast food. I know what you mean about the smell though. I hate when people eat fast food around me. It just stinks!

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KELLEEH 8/4/2011 4:19PM

    Wow, great job on your healthy choices! Sounds like you had a great day!

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NJMATTICE 8/4/2011 2:50PM

    Your description of the smells in your car took me right into the car with you. You are right. That food smells unhealthy. Great choices for nourishing yourself. Good job. Keep it up!
Positive Bloggers Team

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MISSLADY09 8/4/2011 2:20PM

    Keep fighting... great choices while out and about!

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HOPESPRINGS22 8/4/2011 12:11PM

  Yea for making good choices. It can be so to do when others around you are not but so worth it to stay on track.

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Time to get serious

Monday, August 01, 2011

MY daughter and son in law have been trying to quit smoking and so I said that if they quit smoking I'll stop eating candy bars. My SIL told me I had to pick something easier. HA! if he only knew, I think we are on even playing levels here.

Yesterday was day 1 for me and I successfully said no thank you when my other daughter bought me some Junior Mints - and GUESS WHAT?! I am alive and well today. Oh, who would have thought I'd survive not eating candy for a day.

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DDESERTDDAWN 8/3/2011 2:00AM

    Ahhh survival is possible, eh? Wow!

It is amazing and freeing.


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LIV2RIDE 8/2/2011 9:44AM

    I quit smoking in 2007. I used a number of different things to help me through. Whenever I wanted a smoke I would drink a glass of water or go for a walk. It got me to drink A LOT of water and exercise A LOT. Instead of gaining weight when I quit I actually lost. Find something healthy to replace your "need" for candy bars. When you want one drink a glass of water, do 10 push-ups, run around the block...something that is healthy instead of food. emoticon

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    "HA! if he only knew, I think we are on even playing levels here."

As someone who would get up during the night, drive to the store, buy a pint of ice cream and eat it before going back to bed, I can relate to how hard it is to give up any kind of junk food. Even as a vegan, I continued to eat more junk than healthy food.

But I got off the hard stuff. And so can you. And just think what a gift you're giving not only yourself but also your daughter and SIL by doing so. They'll have an example before them to help them make it through their nicotine addictions.

Hang in there. You can do this. And you will be so glad you did.

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WILD4STARS 8/1/2011 7:30AM

It's a win-win for both of you!

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Am I a Sugar Addict?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I often wonder if I am I am addicted to sugar. According to an addiction is defined as:

"the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. "

Too be honest, according to this definition I do not think I have an addiction to sugar, but I do have a strong preference for it. I do know that every time I eat a sugar laden treat I ALWAYS think about it first. I often have a dialogue going in my head, "Should I or shouldn't I?" Do I really want to eat this?" "Remember the last time I had it, it did not taste as good as you remember." "Read the label." and on and on.

There are times I'll purchase it and times I won't. But it is always based upon a CHOICE that I made. So, I guess I can say that I am not enslaved to my sugar eating at this point in time.

I exercise often and try to eat foods as close to the natural state as possible. Other than the junk foods I eat minimally processed foods. So, why can't I choose to stop eating those candy bars, chips and ice cream?

That is a question that has been haunting me these past 4 years. When I went to school a couple years ago a classmate (one who I thought never paid attention to me or what I did) commented on how I eat too much sugar. My mom, who knows I want to eat well, will ask me if I read the label when I am eating junk. Then the other day, my granddaughter asked my why I always eat more than one serving of ice cream.

I know I eat too much sugary products and should either cut way back or stop altogether, but I seem to not be totally committed to doing so. There is a quotation that says, "Failure to plan is planning to fail."

This rings true in my situation. I do not plan for those times when that dialogue will go on in my head. I need to prepare ahead of time so that I can walk away from a temptation and turn off the dialogue that goes on in my head as I stand in front of that junk food display.

I need to get it into my head that by not eating that junk the only thing I'll be missing is the ill effects that it will have on my body and turn it into a positive - I'll feel better if I do not eat it.

So, in conclusion, I do not think I am a sugar addict, but I make a lot of poor choices when it comes to eating, especially when I am doing errands, due to lack of planning.

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JITZUROE 8/7/2011 10:11AM

    Hey you! I really liked this. A lot of it rang true. That quote about failing to plan is spot on for me. I remember a few days recently where I was at that Walgreens in the candy aisle, and I had two very conflicting emotions going on. I had been good with healthy unprocessed food 6 days at that point, and I REALLY wanted to keep it up, but I found myself grabbing a jar of nutella and a jar of PB + a huge king size bag of lemonheads (!!!) and hearing some voice in my head telling me that my goals were nice, but come on, this was something I did all the time, so why would I think I could just knock it off? It was surreal! I still fight that all the time it seems, but my body is happy for my good choices most of the time. : )


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LIV2RIDE 8/2/2011 9:41AM

    I read a blog of a fellow Sparker the other day that really rings true. Tell yourself NO! Just like a spoiled kid who wants what they want when they want it. Tell yourself NO! Just like you would your own child who is demanding a sugar laden treat. Tell yourself NO! emoticon

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KELLEEH 7/31/2011 10:49AM

    Hmmm.. this sounds pretty familiar. I have cut down on the amount of sugar I eat, but I haven't cut it out. I don't really want to, but sometimes I think I should.

Good luck to you! If you do decide to go cold turkey for a while, let us know how it goes!

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HASELNUSSCHEN 7/31/2011 12:32AM

    Maybe you're not addicted to it, where if it was a choice between saving your child and getting a Snickers bar, you'd pick the candy. BUT you probably just have really good associations with it. Like childhood memories of having candy during happy times, etc. I know I usually eat junk food when I'm in a weak or sad state of mind. I don't think I'm addicted, but it is something I turn to when I want to feel immediately better. But I'd try what Jenn says, give it up for a few days and see if you get withdrawel symptoms. If anything, it will make you a little stronger so that if you do decide to give it up, you'll have more discipline. good luck!

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JENNSWIMS 7/30/2011 2:29PM

    I know I was addicted to sugar, or at least the processed foods that it comes in, because I had withdrawal that was just as bad as when I quit nicotine when I started the Eat to Live plan.

You won't know if you are a sugar addict until you go cold turkey for a week, IMHO. Once I went cold turkey I was free of cravings for pretty much everything once I was at the end of week 2. Your mileage may vary.

Hope this helps!

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TEACHERWANDA 7/30/2011 11:41AM

    I know I am addicted to fat, sugar and salt.

You might find the research by David Kessler interesting.


Knowledge is power. You don't have to be a slave to your addictions.

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Did I fail?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NO! emoticon 'nuff said.

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LIV2RIDE 7/28/2011 9:20AM

    Good for you!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/27/2011 11:34AM

    GREAT job. emoticon

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    Good for you! Stay positive!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's all about choices. Lately as I been thinking about what to blog I notice that I often want to blog about how I gave in to a temptation and ended up buying and eating a candy bar, donut or chips. It is easy to say, "I am addicted to _________ (fill in the blank). But am I really addicted?

I am beginning to think that is not the case because for every time I gave in the then tempation I first had a thought, or rather, I should say I had a dialogue going on in my head - should I? or shouldn't I? More often than not, I choose to do.

However, I am in control of what I put in my mouth. If I eat something that I know is not health supporting it is because I choose to do so. I am beginning to realize that for every action I do it usually first starts with a thought. I think about eating something or not eating something before I actually eat it.

Too often as I think about the decision I am about to make I THINK if I do not give in to the tempation then that decision will haunt me the rest of the day and I'll wish that I just gave in and ate that thing in the first place.

So, what if I change my mindset and tell myself no, I do not need that candy bar because it will do nothing to support my health and then make the CHOICE not to eat it. Then if the self doubt rears its ugly head, I can tell it that I am in control and I CHOOSE not to eat such foods because it really does nothing for my health but it will only satisfy my sweet tooth for a short time.

I am in control of what I put in my mouth and if that sweet tooth gets too demanding then I out to choose to settle it down with something sweet in its natural packaging like an apple, orange, banana, or berries.

I am in control and it is all about the choices I make. I decide what I am going to put in my mouth. I am hoping that this will get easier as my palate changes and I no longer find the junk to be appealing.

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HASELNUSSCHEN 7/27/2011 8:24PM

    very true. Are we only addicts if we don't have the dialogue before eating the food? I believe there are food addicts who have an argument going on in their head all day, everyday. Who knows...? But I think the trick is to have our goals so prominently stored in our head that there is no question as to whether we give in to the temptation. Great blog!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/24/2011 10:09AM

    I like your concept of settling down your sweet tooth with things in "natural packaging." Great image!

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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 2:53PM

    Great insight! You are in control of your thoughts and your actions!

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MNNICE 7/23/2011 1:29PM

    Good reminder to us all - Why can we be in control of everything else in our life, but then let food control us??!! But I know I do sometimes. Taking control feels so much better!

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PSYCHBAMA 7/23/2011 10:52AM

    What a great blog! It is about choices- I am a firm believer in that. Your blog helped remind me that yes, I choose what to put in my mouth every day and how I feed myself. I can try to identify the feelings behind it and choose to be more productive in satisfying a craving. Thank you and good luck!!!

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