DANCEDIVAMISSA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DANCEDIVAMISSA DANCEDIVAMISSA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Mindset is everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757955 I was reflecting on the day today and I realized that mind set is everything. It determines if you are healthy or sick, successful or quit, etc. Henry Ford summed it up well, "Whether you think you can or you think can't you are right." How does this pertain to weight loss? <BR> <BR> I think it is THE factor. If you had met me 5 years ago (about when I started sparkpeople) you would have seen a girl who was insecure, unsure of who she was, overweight and always on some fad diet. When I... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:37:55 EST Avoidance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755440 Well here I am to write the blog entry that I have been purposely avoiding. If I write this then I have to take action and move on to the next step and I am not completely ready. I completed Taming your sweet tooth week 1, which was to track your sugar. Wow!!!!! I ate SO much sugar. My sugar addiction is back in full force. It is time to do something about it, as much as I don't necessarily want to. Week 2 is to choose 3 areas of sugar to substitute. Well here is the thing I found out tr... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:44:07 EST Progress this week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746072 I have restarted the steps that produced success for me when I lost more than 60 pounds after having my son. Right now my goal is not weight loss because I am 4 months pregnant but to be healthy. Healthy is better anyway and those habits, will produce weight loss. I am back on the taming your sweet tooth plan. Week one. So far I have done well tracking my sugar intake. This week it hasn't been too bad. I do well when I pay attention and am accountable to myself. Step one in the get he... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:43:52 EST The Human Condition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743110 I love to watch shows that have an ongoing plot line and I am someone who is probably guilty of watching too much tv. I don't watch it for something to do because I am bored or as a mindless thing to do. I watch tv for the same reason I like to read a good book, watch my husband play a story line video game, people watching or to go see a play. I am interested and intrigued by the human condition. Everyone has a past, a story, a purpose. I love exploring that and learning what people's s... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:42:52 EST I am back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743037 Well...I am back. I feel like coming here is like an AA meeting for me. It keeps me accountable and I stay better on track. I have slid backwards...I am back to being a sugar addict. I have been eating sugar like it is no body's business!! So back to square one with one little difference. I am pregnant this time around. I am almost 19 weeks and have wanted sugary thing after sugary thing...so time to get back on track Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:56:41 EST Confessions of a Sugar Addict- Part 3 Body Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659033 I just posted a new blog post about my last few weeks on step two of the "Taming your Sweet Tooth Challenge" from here, my progress and my thoughts on Body image. Come on over and check it out!!! <BR> <BR> <link>journeyingintofaith.blogspot.com/201<BR>4/03/confessions-of-sugar-addict-body-<BR>image.html </link> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:59:10 EST My it works journey and company http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659031 I have been using products from a company called it works and getting great results!!!! If you want to see my personal results check out my facebook page! It is attributed to the wraps, greens and eating a healthy diet. <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrap-<BR>it-with-MM/238382149680861 </link> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:57:17 EST Is it really an addiction? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649531 Well here I am. Prepared for the week and ready to go. I am ready to get on it this week. I have been doing a ton of research on how to beat this addiction. I know that sounds silly and many people out there are like, "suck it up and just stop eating sugar!" If it were that easy, trust me, I would have already but I am having to play mind games with myself and get me out of these bad habits. I am ready...bring it on!!!! I am bring God into this more and focusing on my time with him this w... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:07 EST My name is Mel and I am...a Sugar Addict Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648805 I promise I will come back to blogging here soon! but until them come check out my new blog post on Journeying into Faith <link>journeyingintofaith.blogspot.com/201<BR>4/03/my-name-is-mel-and-i-ama-sugar-ad<BR>dict_15.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also, come check out my facebook page <link>https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrap-<BR>it-with-MM </link> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 00:05:20 EST If you are tired of starting over...stop giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645828 Newest post. Come check it out!! <BR> <BR> <link>journeyingintofaith.blogspot.com/201<BR>4/03/if-youre-tired-of-starting-over-t<BR>hen.html </link> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:27:19 EST My name is Mel and I am...a Sugar Addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643765 New post on my blog! I start my confessions of a sugar addict series. Come follow me through this growth process. Go check it out. http://journeyingintofaith.blogspot.com/ Sun, 9 Mar 2014 17:05:21 EST New entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639992 I have started a new blog and just posted my first entry. Go check it out! <BR> http://journeyingintofaith.blogspot.com/ Wed, 5 Mar 2014 00:11:56 EST Signed up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638010 So I FINALLY signed up for 5k. I am hoping this will motivate me start a workout program! I have about 90 days to hit my target weight and 83 days until the race! I have 2 friends and a sister-in-law doing the race with me. I am so excited. I am going to start journaling more with my progress. This week I would like to do some cardio, yoga and work out 4-5 days. My eating goal this week is to eat 7-9 servings of fruit each day, drink enough water. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are also... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:37:36 EST Week 5 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617156 Well...I fell. I fell far off the doing well wagon! This week I fell hard. I have eaten like junk and horrible all week this week. This was bound to happen. It is like recovering from any addiction. There are times that I will be prone to relapse and going back into my old ways. I have tons of excuses as to why, it was cold, I was bored, my husband was home and we were celebrating, etc. I have a million reasons. But the don't matter. It doesn't matter if they are justified or not.... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:01:43 EST Weeks 3 & 4 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612308 Weeks 3 &4 went great for me!!!! I did wonderful at all of my goals. Housework, mood, eating and working out. Week 3 I mainly focused on keeping my house managed and eating fruits and veggies. I did great! I even had days that were mostly vegetarian. Most days I ate anywhere from 7 to 10 servings of fruits and veggies. I felt great. I had a good with with eliminating refined sugars as well...until the weekend that is. My husband was off and we binged... I had all sorts of sugar. I fel... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 17:06:13 EST New Post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591841 Come check out my new post on my non-sparkpeople blog <BR> <BR> http://confessionsofagodlywife.blogspot.<BR>com/ Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:38:25 EST Week 2 update! One to week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591830 Wow! This week flew by! I had a great week working towards my goals until the weekend. I struggle with the weekends because there is less structure, more temptation and I don't react well to that. <BR> <BR> The work week went great! I kept up with my house work, prayer journal, water intake, eating healthy/at home (2 veggies/fruit per meal) and even got two work outs in (hey it is better than none). <BR> <BR> I earned $5.50 towards the book setting I am working towards. I also decid... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:18:57 EST This up coming week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583756 Well, I go back to work tomorrow after 16 days off with my monkey. I feel prepared. I chopped a TON of veggies today so that I can quickly cook, grab and go. I have meals planned all week for the crockpot until I break my fast food vice. I am WAY less likely to stop and get something if I have already cooked something at home. Tomorrow is Chicken on Root veggies. I also made smoothie packs and veggie grab and go packs. I am ready to make changes, be prepared, kick butt and take names. ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 00:27:46 EST First week of the year check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582561 This year I am making small but consistent changes in my lifestyle, just like I did last year. About this time last year, my husband and I decided to make some changes, permanent changes to our lifestyle. We began cutting out sugar or cutting back and adding in some good choices. We were successful. My husband lost 60 pounds and I lost 26 pounds (and I have lost 56 since having my monkey in April of 2012). Even when I had days, weeks, months where I back slid, I have not gained any of th... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 01:45:57 EST First week of the year check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582560 This year I am making small but consistent changes in my lifestyle, just like I did last year. About this time last year, my husband and I decided to make some changes, permanent changes to our lifestyle. We began cutting out sugar or cutting back and adding in some good choices. We were successful. My husband lost 60 pounds and I lost 26 pounds (and I have lost 56 since having my monkey in April of 2012). Even when I had days, weeks, months where I back slid, I have not gained any of th... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 01:45:56 EST Food, addiction and God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582553 These past two weeks have been a time for reflection and revelations. God has revealed a lot to me and I have been seeking him out more than usual. It has been wonderful. I have had time to get my life caught up and more organized. I have spend more time praying and in the word. I can tell and I can feel the difference. My focus lately has been on healing and dealing with what is eating me. I have learned how much I NEED God. I cannot even do my day to day tasks without Him. <BR> <... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 01:21:19 EST New years eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576874 Well it is new years eve and we are saying goodbye, closing out another year. I feel like New years eve makes people reflect on the past year and look towards the future of the new year. It is the time of year where everyone vows how they are going to change and they jump in full force for 7 days or so. I am really not that different then everyone else. This last day of the year had gotten me thinking and reflecting on my life and where it currently is at. <BR> <BR> I am not happy with ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:51:45 EST Who am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576164 I actually started my last post off with these particular things in mind by my mind actually took me somewhere else and it was way more profound then I intended it to be at the beginning. Ah the therapy of journaling right? <BR> <BR> Any way, Who am I? is a question that I have been asking myself a lot lately. Who am I and who do I want to be? What do I allow to define who I am? I feel like in the last 8-9 years I have forgotten who I am . That could be some of the problems my husband an... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 00:18:38 EST "Holy long walk for a short drink of water" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576157 This is something I have been thinking a lot about lately. I am 28 years old and I don't feel like I completely know or understand who I am. I also don't know exactly who God wants me to be. It is something that I have been asking him about regularly in my life. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I turned on spotify and really thought about who I was. I decided, based on a suggestion from an article that I read on here, to listen to some music. I was a musician for many years. Music was my life and ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 00:06:07 EST Confessions of a Godly Wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525102 Today, I felt led to begin a blog about the lesson I am currently learning and my journey of faith. If you choose, check out my new blog, Confessions of a Godly Wife. http://confessionsofagodlywife.blogspot.co<BR>m/2013/10/learning-my-journey.html <BR> <BR> I am not claiming to be a completely Godly Wife but I have felt the conviction to begin this journey and to do the best I can. Read and leave me your thought! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:13:25 EST bad day with some realizations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518149 Well I feel crushed right now. My husband and I have been really struggling in our marriage for the past 6 months. Tonight was one of those defining nights though. We pretty much decided to separate for awhile and have some space so we can have healing. We decided to try and be friends for right now. Neither one of us is moving out for now. He is going to move into our spare bedroom and we are going to live as roommates for awhile. I am hoping the space will be what we need to reconcil... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:56:28 EST Week 3 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517908 This past week my goal was to limit tv time and spend more time with God. I succeeded... every night after my son went to bed, I turned off the tv or didn't turn it on at all. Instead, I read and spent time with God. I have had a lot of clarity this week and it has been great. This up coming week, I want to continue my goals of coming closer to God but also add eating at home. This is something I struggle with but I know that it is a vice holding me back from several of my goals. So thi... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:04:51 EST Burn Scars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511931 I had an epiphany a few weeks back that I have wanting to blog about and I finally have the time and the mental capacity. <BR> <BR> So I don't believe most people on here know this because I usually keep it private but it is necessary to know for this metaphor to make sense. I am from Colorado Springs. Over the past two summers we have had the largest, most devastating fires our state has ever seen. <BR> <BR> The Waldo Canyon fire burned the side of the mountain destroying almost 300 ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 23:09:35 EST 12 week challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511919 So a couple of blog entries ago I wrote down just a few things. That is part of my 12 week challenge. The reason that I choose 12 weeks is because there were 12 weeks left in 2013 when I began. Last week, my main goal was to be in the Word every day. I was successful all but one day. That is a success for me!!! This 12 week challenge will be small simple goals so that I can be successful. It is kind of like Dave Ramsey's debt snowball but with habits. I also set the goal to drink more ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:53:21 EST For the now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511917 My last blog post was kind of ambiguous but I was just getting thoughts down in the time that I had. I am trying to get my life in order and that includes my weight. I am realizing that my weight is, of course directly related to my eating habits and working out. I feel SO much better when I eat right and when I am active. I have noticed my most direct correlation is between my spiritual life and my eating habits. I am a comfort eater. That was apparent today by what I ate. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:47:33 EST This week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504881 Daily time with God, Drinking more water, tracking food, attempting workouts. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 00:41:29 EST Weeks goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465912 This will be short and sweet. <BR> <BR> -Read Made to Crave and the devotional daily <BR> -Look for God in all areas of my life, spend daily time with him <BR> -Drink more water and take vitamins. <BR> <BR> These goals are simple this week but I need to get control of the "what's eating me" before I can really focus on the "what I am eating" phase. <BR> <BR> ***this is not to say that I will allow myself to go hog-wild and eat whatever and how much I want. This simply means that I am prac... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:38:03 EST Gone but not forgotten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465904 While I have been gone this summer, I have not forgotten my spark goals. I have been still working towards eating healthier and taking better care of myself. I am down to 207 now! That puts me down and kept off 15 pounds!!!!! I am making healthier choices, although I still have room to grow here and started a fairly consistent workout pattern. I am feeling the benefits of this!!!! I feel better and have way more energy when I work out and eat right. That is motivating to continue doing ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:31:59 EST Made to Crave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304909 I have started reading a book called Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. She suggested that any time I have a craving that I pray about. I am going to give this a shot. Usually when I want something sweet or fattening it is because I am in need of something emotionally. Of course I turn to food, that's what the enemy would want but in all reality, it should be God that I turn to. It is a good practice for my spiritual life and my health. I know that it won't be easy at first or that I will... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:28:40 EST This next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304897 Well I have kind of back tracked my eating plan but for a good reason. My hubby has decided he wants to join me in clean eating and is going to do the weekly challenges with me. So this week, we were pretty much on vacation so this week didn't go great. Tomorrow, we are starting with week 2. I have modified the plan slightly to fit what both hubby and I need. I will post it below. <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow we are starting back with 2 fruits or veggies per meal. I am also going to wo... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:10:07 EST Dilemma and struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287981 This week has not gone as well as I thought it would. I thought this week would be easy! I love fruits and veggies and started out the week great. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday went fantastic. Yesterday went alright but it wasn't the end of the world. I missed a fruit for breakfast but didn't have any at dinner. To me, I thought it happens but I didn't earn my reward for the week. Well, today has gone horribly. I have hardly had any fruits or veggies!!! I understand the it is progress an... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:48:52 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284249 So I didn't blog at the beginning of week 2 but I did start my small goals. I am on week 1 of the Couch 25k or C25k from here on out. I did run yesterday on the elliptical and made it through! I should be able to start running outside soon because it is light longer. My son will LOVE that. This week I am also adding 2 fruits/veggies to each meal and 1 to snack. So far so good! I feel so much more full and satisfied and feel less like snacking! Wow!!!! That is huge for me. I also did no... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:57:20 EST Week 1 Overview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282819 Overall, week one went great. I tracked my food and found what I specifically need to watch!!! I still need to drink more water!!!!!!! For some reason I am struggling with that. I did fine with it when I was breastfeeding because if I didn't I didn't have enough milk. Now that I am done breastfeeding, it is another story. <BR> <BR> The working out last week was a complete and utter flop as far as actually working out. On the other hand, I did realize something valuable and motivating. ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:43:27 EST I am sure you don't want to read this...this is just a though blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278240 Sorry if you did read this. It isn't a ploy to get people to read this blog. It really is just an entry for me. I am logging things that I would like to set up a motivation/ reward chart for myself if you will...it is really boring. I like blogging it here because then I can access it anywhere I have internet. You probably want to stop reading about now. <BR> <BR> Harry potter set for kindle <BR> Something Borrowed <BR> something Blue <BR> Les Miz when it comes out- Achieved 3/23/13 fo... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 00:47:44 EST Week 1 So far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275875 Well, week one has not gone as planned! Monday I did not get my run in because of several excuses. My main one was I wanted to spend the time with my son and I knew he would be going to bed early. My plan was to work out after he went to bed and of course I didn't do that. By the time he went to bed at 7 I was exhausted. I don't think I have been sleeping well either. Reality is, I would have slept better if I had worked out. Fail! <BR> <BR> Yesterday my husband was home and I haven... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:14:01 EST Week 1: March 4 through March 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271339 Tomorrow starts week 1 of my 14 week challenge. The first week is pretty simple. Drink enough water (which I love water) and track what I eat. I figure I cannot target what habits to break if I don't know that I have them. <BR> <BR> I was also talking with my cousin last night and she is training for a career in criminal justice, her and her sister (obviously my other cousin) so they have been running. Well we decided to run a 5k together in June. My brother will probably also run wit... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:51:17 EST Clean eating one step further http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270585 I was talking with a co-worker of mine about how I am trying to switch to clean eating and she directed me to this site called, www.100daystorealfood.com. This website is a GREAT resource. The author outlines 14 week mini-pledges for becoming clean eaters. This is perfect for me! I need mini step by steps. So today, I took what she had and added my own spin on it. I changed it up to fit what I need and what my family needs at this point. I also took some information from www.thegraciou... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 01:17:17 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270581 Wow! I cannot believe it has been as long as it has since I last updated! I apologize. I have been extremely busy. I am in the last 8 weeks of my Master's program and in the middle of writing my thesis on top of working full time, being a wife and a mom of a 10 month old. However, this has not been an excuse for me to not continue my get healthy plan. No, quite the opposite really. It has been my motivation. I don't have time to drag and be tired all the time. Most nights I end up doing... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 01:10:44 EST Fell Off the Horse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214622 Yep, I had a bit of a relapse this past week. I tried to go cold turkey off of yeast. That was a HORRIBLE idea. when I did this, I relapsed and began eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted again...including sugar. I was doing so great with my sugar intake. Man, I could fee the difference this week too. Today I am exhausted to the point where I felt like I was getting sick. I am not. Just too much crap in my body this week. So I am taking two steps back and repeating week 2 of ta... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:36:20 EST "Feed Me Seymour" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198690 For the month of January, I am focusing on my eating. I am trying to take my goals one at a time and thought it was logical to start with eating because when I eat right I will have the energy to work out. Truthfully, I do like to work out and find the time when I am motivated...well the goal of changing eating habits is to find the motivation. So far so good! <BR> <BR> I am on week three of the taming your sweet tooth challenge and making progress and following the steps. This week I h... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:48:14 EST For all the mama's out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190172 I had a baby in April of 2012 and it was the best change of my life. Well, as suspected during my pregnancy I got the "dreaded" stretch marks!!!! I like my stretch marks. They are where my baby lived. They are a symbolism that my baby grew. I loved them while I was pregnant too. They let me know that my baby was growing. I have tons because I started getting them at 15 weeks. Anyways, I saw this today and I LOVED it!!! Enjoy! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l551825354.... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:17:56 EST How did we get here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190112 How did we get here? How is it January 4,2013 already? How is Christmas already past and New Years too?!?!?!?!? Time goes by so fast anymore. My son is going to be a year old in a matter of 3 months and one week! Where has time gone? It makes me realize how precious and how important time is. It reminds me that living in the present and enjoying the journey are so important. I have taken so many things for granted in my life and then once I am through them, I wish that I had savored them m... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:38:16 EST Clean Eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184035 Reading several ideas and resources on clean eating I have developed my own clean eating plan. I have realized that working out is a waste if I am not eating right. Plus eating all the sugar recently I realized that when I eat as crappy as I have been, I have no energy for days and in turn, no motivation to workout. I don’t plan on taking clean eating to the extreme. I want to eat healthy but feel that I NEED guidelines and that’s where the clean eating comes in. So here are my personal c... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:06:28 EST More coping mechanisms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181150 Today I was reading a book on sugar addiction and found that I have stress-related addiction and possibly a yeast over growth. Wow! I didn't know that my chronic "allergies" could possibly be correlated with my sugar issue. So I am reading the book and feel inspired to make some actual commitments to Week two and getting down on "paper" how I plan to reduce my sugar intake. I am cutting out/back soda and replacing it with tea. I will start with sweet tea with less sugar then normal and sl... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:24:03 EST Sugar Addiction Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180402 Now here is my real blog entry about Sugar Addiction Results. So I took the quiz on sugar addiction and the result was that I am a situation sugar addict but I don't quite believe that is true. I think it is more serious than that to be completely honest (and this last week has been a week of being brutally honest with myself). I have a problem and I need to work on it. <BR> <BR> My reasons to wanting to tame my sweet tooth are probably like most of you out there. I want to be healthy,... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:43:26 EST