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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Treat please… the "TRICK" will be keeping it to one portion. Tonight is one of the big reasons why I joined Sparkpeople. This is actually my third Halloween as a Spark member and I’m not the same person I was two and a half years ago and I thank God for that!!

In the past I would have bought one of those HUGE Costco size bags of Hershey’s miniatures’ as soon as they were available and would probably have opened it on the way home from shopping. Needless to say in a couple weeks only the one’s I’m not crazy about would be left. A week later I’d have eaten all of them as well. Back to the store for more because Halloween wasn’t even here yet. Another bag opened and emptied … such a tummy ache, so much guilt. I even tried buying candy I didn’t like and ate that too. Of course eventually I could no longer walk with my grandchildren on Halloween and was beginning to miss out on so many fun times as a family. My future looked…………………………….. Well, I couldn’t see a future for me. Only pain and remorse. In 2010 I was only 63 and come from a long line of relatives who lived well into their 80’s & 90’s. Did I want to spend the next 20 to 30 years in horrible physical and emotional pain just watching the world pass me by because Halloween candy was available in August? Because restaurants serve plates with portions for four? Because there’s a couple birthdays every month of the year? Because my DH likes dessert every night?? Because we equate food with love??? How am I going to love myself more than food when I don’t love myself at all?

Well, you start slowly. You pay attention to why you eat the way you do. Some of my problem was a lack of knowledge. I was definitely an emotional eater and had to come from that direction to get a handle on not trying to fill up an emptiness that could never be satisfied with food.

I learned I was worth loving and I didn’t need to “Eat everything on my plate,” because children were starving in India. I learned to say “No” to other people as well as the child in me. I educated myself on portion control and nutrition emoticon I took it one step at a time and I never quit.

I like myself better now. I can do more… granted I still hurt like hell but that’s the price you pay when your joints are over burdened for too long. I just want to shout it from the rooftops… “DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE 63 YEARS OLD!!!!” Start now, start slow, every choice counts on this journey to healthier living.

No more 8 pound bags of Halloween candy for us. On Halloween 2010 we had single portion (100 calorie) microwaveable popcorn for the Trick-Or-Treaters’. In 2011 the same (I still have a couple bags left) This year… no treats at all.. we are going Trick~Or~Treating with the grandkids!!!!!!! They will share with us and I will log what I eat with the list from below. I will enjoy Halloween by practicing portion control so I can continue to enjoy every day of my life because my future is very bright. emoticon

Quick reference to candy calories:
1 Hershey's Kiss 26… note 4 = a portion (100 calories)
1 Dum Dums sucker 20
1 Hershey's nugget 45
1 mini (Three Musketeers, Milky Way, Twix) 38
1 Reese's mini peanut butter cup 44
1 Tootsie Roll midge 23
1 Jolly Rancher 23
1 small tube Whoppers 30
1 Smarties roll 25
1 Laffy Taffy 32
1 Twizzlers twist 32
1 fun size Nestle Crunch, Twix 50
1 M&M's mini box 70
1 fun size Charleston Chew 45
1 fun size Milk Duds 54
1 fun size Hershey's bar 67
1 fun size Kit Kat 73
1 fun size Heath bar 74
1 fun size Mounds 83
1 fun size Mr. Goodbar 90
1 Tootsie Roll bar 50
1 pkg (2 pc.) Starburst 40
1 fun size Snickers 80
1 fun size Almond Joy 80
1 fun size Payday 90
1 pkg Hot Tamales 50
1 small box Mike & Ike 50
1 box Nerds 50
1 roll Life Savers Gummies 52
1 York Peppermint Patty 53
1 fun size Junior Mints 50
1 fun size Reese's peanut butter cup 100
11 pieces candy corn 70
1 Tootsie Pop 60
1 box Dots 70
1 small pouch Whoppers 100

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2012 12:18PM

    A few years ago, I decided to give out healthier options instead of candy on Halloween, although this year we were traveling and managed to completely avoid the whole Halloween thing. Prior years, however, we've given out juice boxes, popcorn packages, raisin boxes and small fruit cups. Still not 100% healthy compared to fresh fruit, etc, but definitely healthier than candy. We have also given out small toys - the kind you can get in bulk at discount stores. I suppose if we had tons of kids in the area we couldn't do that but we generally get 30-40 or so 'local kids' and even though the last few years has seen carloads of kids from 'out of the area' coming to our neighborhood, we just turn off the lights and stop answering the door once the local kids are finished coming through.

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FRANCO1230 11/7/2012 11:10AM

    Keep up the GREAT choices!!! Trick-or-treating with the kids is SO much more fun!

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SUGARSMOM2 11/4/2012 4:47PM

  words of wisdom . we all should he aware . enjoy your grandchildren.

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JINLYNN 11/3/2012 2:38AM

    Hey Linda - great blog - very inspirational and just what I need to read. I have been overindulging in the pre and left over candy, and really needed a wake up call.
I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and grand kids!
Thanks for sharing.

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JILL313 11/2/2012 11:58AM

    I really love your blog and unfortunately I also started at 63 and now wonder what took me so long. But, on the other hand if I hadn't started when I did I'd probably be 60+ pounds heavier than I was before I started SP. I wish I could tell the young and heavy people to be aware but most wouldn't listen to me. I was so stupid I didn't even realize how my health would be so affected once I got older. I also just accept the joint pain as part of my letting myself get so obese. You express yourself so well here and I appreciate that and Special You. Now to get my act together and get on the Losing Trail again. Take good care!! You, and I, are Blessed.

Love You,


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PROJECT_SUSAN 11/2/2012 12:31AM

    Great blog! I wish I had seen it a few days ago! I wouldn't have eaten so many candies! There is still some left here but I am NOT going to eat any more. I have had more than my share!

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SUGARSMOM2 11/1/2012 5:57PM

  words of wisdom .

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CTUPTON 11/1/2012 4:52PM

    We had no trick or treaters--as usual. But hubby always wanted bags of candy here anyway. And I always got into it! I did OK this year. I got 2 bags of miniatures. We did eat those between him and me. Next year it will be even better! I am liking muffins and cake made with pumpkin. And that is healthy!

I needed all your wisdom. so, thanks for this blog! emoticon


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GODS--_GIRL 11/1/2012 11:42AM

    A friend sent me by today. I am glad I came. You are inspiring! I am doing better also sense joining sparks for those holiday times. Thank you for the blog, hug , sandy

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PATTILYNN224 11/1/2012 10:46AM

    Love the buy back program. What a great idea. Happy November to you Linda. I hope you have a wonderful month leading up to your Thanksgiving.


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KITT52 11/1/2012 10:11AM

    I love the picture of the dogs in costume

no candy got in me this year....yahooooo

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COCK-ROBIN 11/1/2012 2:46AM

    Great blog! And I survived Halloween.Now for the rest of the holidays.

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MISSY455 11/1/2012 12:20AM

    So happy to hear you were spending the night with the grandchildren! How awesome for you! This was a wonderful blog, thank you for sharing it with us!

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EATVEGAN 10/31/2012 10:59PM

    Wow, you really spell it out well. I've already waited way past 63, but it is not too late. I will be moving with the best of them by next Halloween. I've told my 15-year-old grandson he'd better keep training because I'm going to take him on in arm-wrestling again. He's better look out.
Oh, and I really like your trick-or-treaters. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 10/31/2012 6:25PM

  Great Blog. Enjoy Treat or Treating with your Grandkids. God Bless You and Family. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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CARRAND 10/31/2012 5:47PM

    Great blog! My story is similar to yours. I'm 63, too. SP has taught me a lot about portion control, healthy eating, the importance of exercise - so many things. I'm a lot healthier now than I was 3 years ago when I started Sparking.

Have a great Halloween with your grandchildren!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/31/2012 4:39PM

    GREAT blog! Happy Halloween, and enjoy those grandbabies = )

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NEW-CAZ 10/31/2012 4:29PM

    Have a great time with the grandkids! Happy Halloweeen emoticon emoticon

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JUSTLLAMA 10/31/2012 4:28PM

    This was a GREAT blog! Thanks for sharing!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/31/2012 4:23PM

    Linda, so awesome! Yes...why did (do) we wait so long?? The picture is adorable (not the candy, the other one!! LOL) and love the costumes. Have a great time with the fun is that!!! Love you and know I'll be seeing less of you next year at Halloween!!! XOXO Jeannie
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