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Friday, April 09, 2010

1. I do not need to drink sodas.
Mt. Dew was my addiction, not diet either. I'm of the opinion that real sugar is better for you than chemicals. In the past I had set rules for my soda habit. I was allowed one a day. I know now that even that one is too much. Plus I would deceive myself that I was cutting back because my one could be any size. I would justify a 44 oz because fountain drinks are more watered downed than bottles.
Water is my drink of choice 90% of the time now.

2. I cannot eyeball a measurement.
Besides still having to check what a serving size is, I still have a difficult time visualizing 1/2 or 1/4 cup. I just ordered the SP portion-sizing magnet. My measuring cups are used regularly. I also have a ladle that I use quite often and have measured several times but I still can't see that it holds the sane amount as 1/2 cup.
For now I'll just keep on measuring.
3. My health is important.
I'm divorced and the mother of two grown sons. As with a lot of moms, I put my family and household before myself. I put my schedule last. My needs were put last after everything else was done. A few years ago was the first time I had lived completely by myself. I began doing some soul searching to figure out what I truly enjoy doing. Most of the things I want to do I didn't have enough energy to do.
32 lbs down and that is changing.

4. I am eating CLEAN
I find it easier to measure and track my nutrition if I know exactly what is in it. I buy fresh food or single item foods. No more pre-packaged foods. Then I saw a blog on SP that called this CLEAN eating. I like it. I didn’t realize how much sodium was in the pre-packaged foods and I couldn’t figure out why I was retaining water. Well… I was taking Lean Cuisine for lunch daily (thought it was healthy). Then a friend suggested that was my problem; I looked at the sodium content and that was the end of those lunches.
I put more thought into packing my lunches and it is so worth it. I feel so much better.

5. I make less bad food choices
While I don’t deny myself anything, I choose to eat less of the less nutritional food. I find that after eating greasy, sugary foods, I feel yucky. My energy level drops and the food just seems to sit in my stomach forever. And, when I do eat that cookie, a few minutes later the flavor is gone and I’m left wondering why I ate it. I could have so many other things that would have contributed to my health and aided my journey to a healthier person.
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    Hey girl, I saw that you crossed 10,000 fitness points (congrats by the way). Anyway I thought I better stop by your page and see what you've been up too; which of course led me to this blog. Very wise stuff! Thanks for the post.

    Also wondering where you go to get the Spark magnet you noted???


    PS Please consider swinging by the Arden Library next Tuesday to do a show & tell about this magnet... inquiring minds want to see;
    2804 days ago
  • SAL1512
    What an informative blog!
    2867 days ago
    Great blog about what you have learned, I learned the same factors about food in the past couple of years ago, and I too made excuses for being the same size. My realization of needing to get fit had been coming for years. I am confident that we can do this journey together and I am so proud of you, I have already lost 2 inches in my thighs, 1 inch in my arms and 1 inch in my waist line.

    Thank you for helping me to my path to a healthier me.

    God Bless!



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    2901 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/14/2010 11:50:07 AM
    You sound so much like me, the soda, oh it is like a drug to me, coca cola and pepsi. I can not drink diet because I too don' like chemicals. You are doing great. Keep on inspiring. Sincerely, Laura emoticon
    2901 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    And I also would gamble that there are other things, emotional issues, that you are also tackling.

    Good job!
    2904 days ago
  • NANC304
    Great job!
    2905 days ago
    Good on you. Soda is my downfall as well. Keep going your doing great.
    2906 days ago
    emoticon You are doing emoticon Keep on doing the clean eating. The longer I do it the less I find "unhealthy" foods appetizing.
    2906 days ago
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