KHFOUR's SparkPeople Blog KHFOUR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Absolutely FURIOUS with the FDA and what they propose to do with dairy products! so, I have gone through the tedious and at times painful task of detoxing my body of all artificial sweeteners, such as Sucralose, Aspartame and the like. It has taken a couple of weeks, has taken great vigilance to check all grocery products and my body did not like me. But I feel so much better for it, body and spirit. <BR> <BR> Now I come across an article on Yahoo. <BR> <BR> It is titled "Artificial Sweeteners in milk?" <BR> <BR> Are you serious? <BR> <BR> The FDA is seriously con... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:55:47 EST sweetener detox So, I started the sweetener detox on Monday Feb. 4. It has been almost a full week now without any sweeteners in my diet, my biggest of which would be Diet Coke. Now I have tried to quit Diet Coke MANY times before on the simple notion that I drank too much, or that people said it was not good for you. But I had never done any research into it before. This time I did my research prior to quitting. I researched everything I could on sweeteners, on the many side effects, causes and diseases of ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:05:18 EST Aspartame detox - wish me luck! So, if going off of Diet Coke was not bad enough, of which I have never been successful at, I am now going to do a complete Aspartame / artificial sweetener detox. It is amazing how many foods this chemical is in. What is more disturbing is how many side effects this chemical truly has and the illnesses that it can trigger, mimic or cause. What is disheartening, during all of my research, is learning how much the FDA has known and for how long. And that they have essentially turned a blind ey... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:43:32 EST frustration after a week, every other day at the gym, I am feeling better for going to the gym, but today I am suffering terrible back spasms and am hurting. feel like I need to slow down and take it down a notch which is so frustrating since I have been feeling so positive with going to the gym. thought I was doing good taking it easy and sensibly in the first place, apparently not enough. <BR> <BR> arghhhhh <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> just cannot win sometimes....... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:35:45 EST 2013 - A new year - a new step 2013 - wow, another year has come upon us and I have looked into the mirror and I am still looking at the same me. On the one hand, I am happy that I have not gained the weight back that I managed to lose over the last 6 months. But on the other hand, I have not lost much in the last few months. <BR> <BR> I was in the hospital in November with a bleeding ulcer, and according to my tests done after Christmas, they are still healing, so I still have to watch what I eat, take medication to hea... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:59:07 EST on the path, again! well, after a brief couple of months off of Spark, I have returned with renewed vigor, energy and commitment. And, amazingly enough, 9 pounds lighter than when I left! <BR> <BR> I have been so busy with working on the house with it being on market for sale, that my energies have been so scattered. But these past couple months have brought on many health changes in my husband and my daughter's health as well. Where as my health used to be the worst in the family, I am now not so bad! So, I a... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:52:05 EST Hooray for new lifestyles! So, it has been almost one month of being Gluten-free and 16 days of being Cymbalta free. <BR> <BR> I am feeling FANTASTIC!! - on an overall basis!! I do however experience occasional days where I am having headaches, nausea, body aches, moodiness, that go above and beyond my Fibro levels. What I am thinking this is or can possibly be is the "hidden Gluten" that I have not rooted out yet. <BR> <BR> My daughter and I have done a really good job of shopping and watching everything that we e... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 10:58:09 EST Day 6 & 7 - cymbalta withdrawal - DO NOT take this drug!! I am at day 6 & 7. Other than the immense mood swings, nausea and diarrhea, I believe that I have gotten by rather unscathed. *** Knock on wood, lots of heavy duty wood!!! I can only hope that the worst of the symptoms would most likely have occurred in the first few days and that in the coming weeks I will not have to tolerate the more insane symptoms as time goes on. <BR> <BR> Of course, as I do more research, the more upset I get. How on earth did this ever get passed by the FDA?? My lat... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:37:05 EST day 5 - cymbalta free <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am feeling great so far. I went cold turkey, from 60mg to Nothing on Saturday the 21st of January. <BR> <BR> all the research that I did showed two sides to the story. One side showed people weaning themselves off of the drug, going from high dosage down as low as 7mg, even lower by opening capsules up and removing beads. Then coming off the med, having terrible side effects for a couple of days and going back on the medication. <BR> <BR> The other side of the ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:55:09 EST Cymbalta withdrawal! **Warning - long first informational blog! <BR> <BR> So, I have been on this obnoxious drug for I do not know how many years. I have lost count. I have asked the doctor to take me off of it a number of times, but he refuses. That alone should have made me question "why?". But I insanely kept taking it like a good little monkey. <BR> <BR> Well, NO MORE. I am taking control of my diet, and my life. And that includes what goes into my my body pharmaceutically. I am going to be taking a strong... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 11:43:57 EST January 2012 - update since MIA So, it is 2012. Wishing for a better year is like going to Disney and finding a grumpy princess. Yeah, three weeks in and it already sucks. Not that it was good to start out with. I guess, for our family, we would not know what to do with a good year anymore. It would be so out of the norm that we would not know how to function. <BR> <BR> so, anyways, our house is on the market for sale. no action yet. Do not know if or how many more payments we can afford to make before we decide to just q... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:24:14 EST My holiday goals - Wishing for a Happy New Year!! So, I admit it, I have no willpower! Not just no willpower, none, absolutely none, zero, zilch, NADA! <BR> <BR> If I am faced with a plate of cookies, I can, and have turned them down and can avoid them altogether for the entire night without a problem. BUT, if I get a hankering for a sweet, LOOKOUT! I will not only eat one, I will binge and eat the entire bag in one sitting! Or, until I am so absolutely sick to my stomach I tell myself never again. Only to do it again with a different swee... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:02:11 EST Just sick today. Sometimes I feel like I am falling apart. <BR> <BR> It was my birthday this past Saturday. I turned 46. I am on so many medications, my mind is so mushy, I had to use a calculator to find out how old I am. I don't care. it don't matter. <BR> <BR> my cat is dying. I am trying to do everything I can to save it, but I can only do so much finacially. I had to rush him in on Friday, brought him home Saturday, took him back on Monday. He is home again today. I have to give him sub-cutaneous flu... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 18:19:45 EST August update Wow, where has the month of August gotten off to? It has come and gone and I have barely noticed! <BR> <BR> I have been painting the inside of the house like a absolute fool with a new toy and only have one major room inside left to do. The painting has been put on temporary hiatus so I can plan and execute an Estate sale to empty all of the unnecessary furniture, household items and liquidate one of our businesses. So, instead of painting, I have been pricing, cleaning, sorting and plannin... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 08:26:47 EST Trying to Re-commit & re-energize This week has been a hot, humid week and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. I have been in a funk, emotionally. This has been leading me to binge eat and to lean on my Diet Cokes more than I would have liked to. <BR> <BR> I am in desperate need to re-commit myself to the cause and re-energize my Spark! <BR> <BR> I have been getting out in the morning to do my daily walks with my puppy but then by afternoon, I am fighting my funk again. I have been in alot of pain by afternoon, it is... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 19:22:51 EST my battle to break my Diet Coke addiction Why is Diet Coke, or any Coca Cola products for that matter, so darn addictive? It truly is like a drug that is so hard to break free from and is a battle that I am raging daily. <BR> <BR> But I do believe that I am winning. In the past, I could easily buy a 42oz Big Gulp at 7-11 and not have a second thought on finishing it before lunchtime. I usually do not buy pop products for the home because as a family, if it is in the home, we go through it like water! And if it is in the home, I can... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 19:10:36 EST The Scale I wake up to the joy of the sun shining out the window! The birds are singing in the trees! The day is finally not a wet, windy and stormy summer day. There could not be a much better day than this. <BR> <BR> I get in the bathroom and the first thing I see is - The Scale. <BR> <BR> I hear it whisper to me, beckoning me. "just put one foot on. Trust me!" <BR> <BR> I glance at the scale, knowing that it has not been my friend, as of late. but, I have been working hard. I have been tracking... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 18:53:07 EST One emotional day at a time. Wow, how does one try to get past a really bad, tearful weekend? I am working so hard at my June weight and exercise goals and now I have been handed an emotional burden that I just do not know for how much longer I can carry it. <BR> <BR> I am an emotional eater, but I also get so absolutely sick when I am upset. So, I have not been eating much this weekend, and when I have eaten, it certainly was not healthy choices. <BR> <BR> And to top it off, I have caught my son's cold! So I feel ho... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:48:49 EST Could my last two days get any worse?!? I have been working with my daughter to get our pool cleaned for the last week since she is getting ready for her H.S. graduation party this weekend. We had not opened it for a couple of summer's since we had been just too busy and the pool was a complete mess! We emptied it, scrubbed it, and made it sparkle! <BR> <BR> I get ready to fill it yesterday morning. No Water. not a drip. We are on a private well. And, yep, there is NO water. Our well is OUT! Seriously, what timing! Knowing that ... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 19:42:36 EST 9 days into June goals So, nine days into my personal June goals. <BR> <BR> I have been learning to move purposefully everyday and make those workouts count, no matter how small they may be that day. <BR> <BR> I have been working on drinking my full water count every day. I realize that it is not as hard as I think when I count Crystal light and brewed, unsweetened, iced tea. This allows for some variety and still counts toward the totals, and when I am thirsty, nothing is better than a tall, cold Iced Tea! <B... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:17:08 EST 25th wedding anniversary, and hubby is on the road. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> 25th wedding anniversary today and my hubby is not home. He is on the road, doing his over the road trucking, wishing he was here, but we need to pay bills, so this is life. He sent me a beautiful Blue Mountain Arts card and I can't send one out since I never know where he is! We talk on the phone daily, but it simply is not the same as being together. I miss him so much. <BR> <BR> So, while he is out driving, I am keeping myself busy doing yard work, cleaning my po... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 19:49:22 EST Husband noticing my weight loss! My husband came home from 6 weeks on the road (over the road trucker) and repeatedly commented on how great I was looking! I haven't heard those words in so long. Me and lost weight have not been in the same sentence in years! It was a nice change of pace for me and a great motivator too. <BR> <BR> I have been out of Spark for the last couple of weeks, not really keeping up with all my tracking, not coming on for points, posts, e-mails or anything. Been really busy with extra yardwork, pain... Tue, 31 May 2011 19:49:42 EST Can't stop snacking! Been eating myself out of house and home the last few days! Not huge binges, but lots of little binges that I just keep going back to. I just cannot seem to stop. <BR> <BR> I need a motivation boost people! <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do, I just don't feel like it. It would be so helpful if I had someone living nearby that I could walk with. I feel like if I only rely on myself, the excuses will always win. <BR> <BR> I am still learning. Right now, the Will, is still just so weak. T... Tue, 3 May 2011 19:11:12 EST Feeling Thankful for today. Hopeful for Tomorrow. Have not been doing much lately, been feeling down, in alot of pain the last week. Fighting a continuous migraine for almost a full week. <BR> <BR> Today I took a nap, slept for almost a full 3 hours! I guess I needed the sleep, although I feel like the entire day was wasted! But my migraine is mostly gone and I am feeling better, mostly. So, maybe it was for the best. <BR> <BR> I am grateful that throughout this trying time, I have not been binging. something I usually do when I hurt, or... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:53:06 EST 12 weeks = 12 pounds Well, I finally did a weigh in today, been putting it off for awhile. From start to now, equals out to 12 pounds lost in the last 12 weeks. I think that is pretty good considering all the health issues that I am dealing with. Plus, I know I have not been one hundred percent faithful to the program. But I have been consistent with doing better than ever before, I am eating better overall, getting in more movement than ever before and on most days, feeling much better than usual. <BR> <BR> Th... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:42:15 EST lost 5.5 inches off my waist in 6 weeks! Wow, I have lost 5.5 inches off my waist alone in the last 6 weeks!! I was wondering why my pants were falling off and I was looking for a belt. I haven't weighed myself lately and I have not done my measurements since March 1st, so this was just shocking to myself. I had to look at the tape twice and just stood there with a huge grin on my face! <BR> <BR> Wow! <BR> <BR> That was just on my waist!! The other measurements were not as dramatic, but they were also a loss. I guess all the pai... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:57:23 EST The Spark - chapter 6 , fast break goals Just finished Chapter 6, The Spark. This is all about setting Fast Break Goals, starting out small, with one each in Nutrition, fitness and motivation. Once these are ingrained into our daily routines then we can build upon them to make them more difficult or to increase the impact. So, I am going to start by getting my fast break goals written down here and update them as needed. <BR> <BR> Nutritional goal 1 - Eat a healthy breakfast that is high in fiber and protein, include fruit. TRACK ... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 19:14:35 EST New produce goal - results, week 1 & 2 Okay, so I knew going into this that I needed to increase my intake of fruits and veggies in my daily diet. But I also knew that my "likes" of produce tended towards a limited few. So, in my effort to increase my horizons on produce that I may like or even dislike, I decided to make this a main goal for myself. I must purchase and try a NEW fruit or veggie every week. So, here are my first two weeks results: <BR> <BR> WEEK 1: Chayote Squash - My daughter likened this to the "muppet mouth" sq... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:51:45 EST Exercise activity, what counts? Okay, we finally hit a gorgeous day, it is 61 degrees and I am taking advantage of it. I took the dog for a walk and now I am doing some yard work. I come in to see if my 60 minutes of raking counts as an exercise activity and it doesn't! But if you play darts or stand in a stream to fish it does?! Who figured this out? I'm sorry, but I worked my butt off raking the yard for an hour and it was EXERCISE, I do not care what anyone says. <BR> <BR> There, I have had my say about that. <BR> <B... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:00:04 EST The Spark - chapter 2, Goals Wow, how do I begin this? I am not even sure how. My will is already waning after two weeks of "being good!" and I feel that I need to re-ignite my Spark. I am going to do this by getting my goals in writing. This way I can review them and see them whenever my lite starts to dim. So here goes! <BR> <BR> Long-term life goal - <BR> * lose 85 pounds, keep it off <BR> * get off (at least some) of my 11 prescription medications <BR> * feel healthier/live healthier <BR> * love life everyday <BR>... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:37:11 EST workout day! Went to gym today, did strength training, 2 miles on bike, came home, had a salad with tuna on it, then took the dog for a 2 mile walk! I am exhausted, but I feel great! <BR> <BR> Of course, I may not be able to move tomorrow, but right now, my head is in a good place! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:46:06 EST bad week, physically Fighting migraines this week. been bad. Have not been able to go to the gym or really to do much around the house either. spent 3 days in bed, taking meds and hurting. Not eating too well, but I did keep track of what I did eat and I did not binge. for me that is a win all by itself. When I fall behind in a goal, I tend to binge at the first sign of failure. I managed to behave and still track what I ate during the week. This for me is a good week even if I did not get to the gym as much as I... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 07:51:36 EST 5 miles on bike! I just did 5 miles on stationary bike! I think that is the longest I have done since I was a kid. And I was able to get off and still walk. I think that is a huge plus for me. If I can do a rather decent workout and still function when I am done, It is a good day. <BR> <BR> I have no car today so I will have to be creative with doing exercises in the house today. But I am still tracking my nutrition and drinking my H2O and getting in my movement every day. So far, this has been a good week! Wed, 9 Feb 2011 08:35:39 EST Back again, for second try! Hi everyone! I was gone for awhile. In case you couldn't tell by the time lapse! But I am back, that is the important part, right? I have brought my daughter into the loop too. She is almost 18 and in the last 4 months has gone from an extremely healthy teenager with two jobs and high school to a teenager with 3 different medical diagnoses', and battling the same lifelong illnesses that she sees her mother deal with on a day to day basis. This has just about broken my spirit down even lower t... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 06:40:22 EST Eye opening first day! Today was my first day of honestly tracking EVERYTHING that I ate. It has always been so easy to skip tracking that cup of soda from the store or the fork-full of food while fixing dinner. Do those calories count if you are not really sitting down and eating anyways?! Well, I needed to face the facts and come to the reality that I had to track everything and to be honest with myself first. Of course, knowing this also meant that I did not eat as much today. I certainly did not want to come fa... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 19:14:20 EST