NEVERGIVEUP57's SparkPeople Blog NEVERGIVEUP57's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 55 Things Your Scale Won't Tell You! A spark article, and very true..I plan to print and reflect on each one..I'm more than the number on my scale and so are you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=55_things_the_scale_wont_tell_you </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 06:34:54 EST Snow from Buffalo - couple pictures and still coming Wednesday <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, that lump is my car! Everyone on my street hasn't even started to dig out and this has been going on since Tuesday and another band of snow has started yesterday and still going. I have never seen so much snow my whole life living here..crazy! Right now we have some lightening and thunder. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:13:39 EST How to cleanse the liver.. I just found out I have fatty liver, so was reading up on it. Found this information helpful, but for those that are on medications, sometimes we shouldn't eat grapefruit, which most of us know already. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:07:33 EST The Epidemiology of Obesity: The Size of the Problem I read this on Oolala' Blog, most of us are familiar with The Beck Solution. Interesting. <BR> <BR> <BR> In an article published in the Journal of Internal Medicine entitled, "The Epidemiology of Obesity: The Size of the Problem," W. P. T. James noted that over the past 50 years in the United States, regular meals have given way to all-day grazing. Marketing experts helped companies capitalize on the growing popularity of easy and convenient food products, which soon appeared in a much g... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:44:16 EST Suggestions for Eating Disorders from EDA <BR> Take what you like and leave the rest as the saying goes :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lications/Suggestions%20for%20Recovery<BR>.pdf </link> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:46:15 EST Eating Disorders Anonymous Stumbled across this site after a friend shared a link to a binge eating site. I hope this will be better than overeaters anonymous which I have tried. This one seems very well organized and a great website. Maybe a meeting in your area. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tings.html </link> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:36:23 EST “Eating addiction”, rather than “food addiction”, better captures addictive-like eating behavior Interesting article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/pii/S0149763414002140 </link> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:27:52 EST Side by side comparison of Weight Issues-Benefits <img src=""> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:43:49 EST Reasons to Lose Weight - Reminders to Me Health issues and other issues the extra weight and binging has caused: <BR> <BR> Health Issues: <BR> 1. Fatty liver (just found out from last blood work) <BR> 2. Hiatal hernia (I'm sure from years of binge eating) <BR> 3. High Cholesterol (already 49% blockage in my carotid arteries) <BR> 4. Back issues <BR> 5. Feet issues <BR> <BR> Unpleasant side effects of weight gain: <BR> <BR> 1. Down to hardly any clothes that fit. <BR> 2. Embarrassed when I see people that haven't seen me in awh... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:40:10 EST Who is a raw/homemade cat food adventurer? Or Interested? I have four cats and the last one I just adopted is 8 years old and had untreated diabetes. It was me or he was going to be put down...seeing I knew the person (shame on them) I said I would take him. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ran across the sites below "" and "" and many others, but liked these the best about cat nutrition. After I read, studied, and did more research, I have since started the process of making my own cat food and transitioning them slowly. A new hobb... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:35:02 EST Fall 5% Challenge Nutrition and Exercise Commitment My commitment to my nutrition and exercise for this challenge: <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> 6 days a week either walk or use my elliptical (30-60 minutes) <em>324</em> <em>311</em> <BR> 2 days a week upper body strength training <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water <em>194</em> <BR> Track calories although I hate to do this at this point in time I need to get back in control. <em>301</em> <BR> Follow Low GI <em>550</em> <BR> I Love This Diet (50% ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:33:21 EST Fighting the Urge - Free e-book attached This might change your life forever!! <BR> <BR> The Author Dr. Amy Johnson has given permission to share her book which really excited me..this is only 23 pages long!! Please check it out and share with your friends if you like! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2013/12/Fighting-the-Urge_Dr-Amy-Johns<BR>on.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Per Author....My intention for this work is that it is widely shared with as many people as possible. Please feel free to reprint, publ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:07:17 EST 7 Reasons to Chew Your Food Properly By Dr. Mercola <BR> <BR> The last time you had something to eat, did you give any thought to how long you chewed? Most likely not, as chewing is done, for most people, almost as a habit or unconscious reflex. As soon as a piece of food enters your mouth, you chew and swallow, probably far too quickly (especially if you’re in a hurry or eating on the run). <BR> <BR> The chewing process, also known as mastication, is actually extremely important, however, and serves as the first step in your ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 06:16:06 EST Quick Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner K, so I normally don't post recipes but my friend came up with this one she put together that is quick and easy. <BR> <BR> I use a rice cooker so I make a pot of brown rice every couple of days. <BR> <BR> In a bowl: <BR> *brown rice <BR> *Kalamata olives (6) <BR> *chick peas <BR> *dice up a little tomato (really great without tomatoes) <BR> *olive oil <BR> *Italian seasoning <BR> *feta cheese (put the cheese on after you heat up) <BR> <BR> I heat up for a minute or s... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 06:54:57 EST December HabitCal Tracker (Final) Final - December was successful as far as sticking to No S Vanilla. Did struggle with my weekends being excessive, but I feel great not binging during the week...and I believe my habits will carry over into my some point. <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> My daily check in; deleted the red days that were actual S days...this can be very discouraging, so yellow is meant for S day. <BR> <BR> GREEN = Success <BR> RED = Fail (but forgiven) <BR> YELLOW = Exempt "S" even... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 04:52:11 EST First Latte with My New Machine!! 12/21 - made my very own vanilla latte, and let me tell you it is to die for...I bought vanilla flavoring with splenda as I do use splenda..and this is much better than any of had so far...for my first time I'm using Starbucks Expresso as my coffee...this is surely more of a treat, but hey good way to get some milk in.. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************** <BR> Whoaa, now that I follow No S, I decided to treat myself to a Latte machin... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:09:08 EST Emotional Eating - Reference for me to refer back to. This was taken out of the No S Diet book - Author Reinhard Engels and Ben Kallen "I'm an Emotional Eater! When I'm Depressed, Food is my Only Comfort <BR> <BR> On one level, emotional eating is just an obviously terrible strategy. It not only makes you fat but also it doesn't even work as comfort (for more than a few minutes). And the truth is--and this is what makes it such a difficult problem to deal with--that emotional eating is at least as much about self-punishment as it is a conso... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 04:51:39 EST Recovering from Failure This was taken out of the No S Diet book - Author Reinhard Engels and Ben Kallen <BR> <BR> Strictness is important. But strictness does not mean punishment. Nor does it mean compensating for failures by being extra-good in the future. It just means being very clear as to what constitutes success and failure, trying your best to meet the criteria for success, and being honest with yourself when you fail to meet them. <BR> <BR> Punishment and restitution are actually bad and counterproduct... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:55:01 EST No S Diet - Daily Tracking Enemy" of motivation is the tendency to see yourself as the hapless victim of forces (or urges) over which you have no control." <BR> <BR> I have been choosing the low Gi lifestyle, but have lost control with binging on the very foods I shouldn't be eating..anyhow I started back on the No S Diet, well it really isn't a diet, it is going back to the basics eating "3 squares a day", no snacks, no seconds, no sweets Monday-Friday, Saturday/Sunday in moderation I can have a snack, seconds or swe... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 06:25:10 EST If I really want something I will find a way, if I don't I'll find an excuse. So at night what can I tell myself when I want something from the store or an extra snack? <BR> <BR> First - think about it, it is not like I need it....I just want it. <BR> <BR> Second - discipline myself in a good way by encouraging myself not to have it at that moment - perhaps do something if the urge is too strong. <BR> <BR> Third - make the choice not to have it instead of just giving in to the thoughts. <BR> a) perhaps write down some inspiring words to myself so when the feeling... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:35:42 EST Diet soft drinks – is it the drink or what you eat with it that’s the problem? Diet soft drinks – is it the drink or what you eat with it that’s the problem? An opinion article published by Cell Press in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism reviews evidence on the negative impact of artificial sweeteners on health, raising red flags about all sweeteners – even those that don't have any calories. It is not uncommon for people to be given messages that artificially sweetened products are healthy, will help them lose weight or will help prevent weight gain,’ says author Su... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:09:54 EST Agave Syrup/Nectar Low GI - Helps blood sugar Agave syrup/nectar is extracted from the agave plant - Mexico’s famous succulent that also gives us aguamiel, pulque, and tequila (from the blue agave). It’s mostly fructose which is why it has a low GI – light standard agave syrup (GI28) is 70–78% fructose; light premium agave syrup (GI22) is 78–85% fructose. It’s about 1½ times sweeter than sugar so you use less, which is just as well as it is on the pricy side. Delicious drizzled over pancakes, porridge, plain yoghurt, French toast. For re... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:03:53 EST Ever wonder if you were apple, pear or another shape? Found this cool tool on spark. I never could figure out what shape I was because I didn't fit into the pear or apple, etc. I did this and found I'm avocado shape...there are links to the type of shape and the health risks..check it out..what is your shape?? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tor_waist.asp? </link> <BR> <BR> p.s. I saved to favs for future reference! Because when we lose weight our shapes change, waist gets smaller etc. most of us probably woul... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 05:58:14 EST 6 Bad Excuses for Overeating I found this article while browsing spark. <BR> <BR> Most every woman has a food angel and devil resting on either shoulder, one giving permission to indulge even as the other advises against it. "We've come to label foods as 'good' and 'bad,' so we feel guilty when we eat something we believe we shouldn't," says Harley Pasternak, celebrity trainer (to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry) and author of The Body Reset Diet. <BR> <BR> But we've also become masters at rationalizing what we put into our m... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 06:30:02 EST How Fast Will Calories Turn to Fat??? I often wondered, how fast does extra food (say a binge) turn into fat? I found this on <BR> <BR> Sometimes, as you polish off that last bite of ultra-cheesy, deep dish pizza, you get the feeling that calories are rushing headlong toward your waistline, where they plan to retire. And that sentiment might not be entirely inaccurate. After you eat, it takes some time for calories to enter your bloodstream, in the form of glucose. If your other energy stores are full, glucos... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 05:24:16 EST OPT OUT FROM ONLINE BEHAVIORAL ADVERTISING I was a little shocked that when I logged into spark I would always have adversiting going on the left side of my screen...What really struck me strange was!! <BR> <BR> 1. I was looking to order LaBird toys for my cats, just browing on the net..well when I came on spark I noticed the advertisement. <BR> 2. Friday I order a replacment part of my dishwasher from partselect..and this morning I see an add from this company on spark...thinking something is not right.. <BR> <BR> YUP cookies tha... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 05:51:47 EST Blueprint - Day 9 of 21 - Being Mindful Yesterday was a good day...I was so busy I never got around to eating breakfast, so I had lunch at like 12:30. Got into washing my car, then ran to the grocery store for a few things..I don't ever miss a meal (love food too much) I was kind of shocked how pushing off eating can mean a missed meal. <BR> <BR> Ate all my meals and snacks at the table, mindfully and trying to stay focused and calm, treating my meals as a calming thing to do, something to not rush through. <BR> <BR> *Journa... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 05:18:37 EST Blueprint - Burn the Fat (Day 8 of 21) Saturday was a super busy day for me... <BR> <BR> Did well with my eating at the table, all meals and even snacks. I found I'm starting to slow down and not feel so anxious. I put a little flower on my table from my garden. <BR> <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> * Ate all meals at the table (my friend was over and she joined me). <BR> <BR> * Journaled the foods I ate and the feelings I had, I found a couple times I wasn't really hungry or I guess didn't have an appetite more or less. Maybe bec... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 05:28:03 EST Blueprint - Burn the Fat (Day 7 of 21) Yesterday was another good day with eating dinner at the table. I was at work and ate breakfast / lunch at my desk. For lunch, I started to re-read some section of the Losing Weight book and right there it said "no reading" while eating.. duh....focus should be solely on the food being eaten. <BR> <BR> I can say that I feel like I eat enough during the day, because I'm paying attention to the food eaten..duh..I heard of this in the past, but never really gave it a chance. <BR> <BR> I woul... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 06:11:17 EST Lose Weight Without Dieting - David Nordmark This is the book I pulled my blueprint from. I believe the kindle edition is $2.99 and the book is $8.96. What was nice is I had the older version of the book and he upgraded it free on my kindle.. <BR> <BR> Pulled this regarding TV and eating.... <BR> <BR> "One of the most common negative habits is eating out of a sense of boredom. This feeling is particularly ACUTE when we are watching television. Here's a newsflash for you. Most of the programs on television are not that interesting... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 05:05:46 EST Blueprint - Burn the Fat (Day 6 of 21) 2-lbs lost so far! So yesterday was a pretty good day. <BR> <BR> Ate my 3 meals at the kitchen table. <BR> Snack at my desk while working from home. <BR> Read my blueprint (once) bad me.... <BR> Walked 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> Dinner wasn't very appetizing, left over chicken and a sweet potato - I topped it off with a Kind bar. <BR> <BR> This week I lost 2-lbs since I started..I surely attribute it to no binging/eating while watching TV. So there is something to NOT eating in front of the TV. The book I r... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 05:29:33 EST Blueprint - Burn the Fat (Day 5 of 21) So yesterday was pretty successful as far as eating at the table. I did end up eating some almonds and dark chocolate while working at my desk....Not sure how eating every single morsel will work sitting at the table. I think I have to read the section in the book again. I do know it said "never eat junk food again in front of the TV" and definitely eat dinner at the table. <BR> <BR> I don't want to have the sense of failure or here we go again because I'm not be the perfectionist I tr... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 05:21:45 EST Blueprint - Burn the Fat (Day 4 of 21) Boundaries Yesterday was another successful day...I didn't even have any chocolate in the evening. Ate all my meals and planned snack at the kitchen table and wrote down what I ate, if I was hungry, etc. <BR> <BR> I was also reflecting and realized that growing up we never ate at the kitchen table, ever. We were a large family. Perhaps why it feels so strange to me. At times I feel I want to RUSH and get out of the kitchen. I feel so anxious! It just feels so foreign to me. Perhaps I'll pick up s... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:16:44 EST Blueprint - Burn the Fat (Day 3 of 21) 7/9 - Yesterday was another great day! I read my blueprint 2 times as I totally forgot in the morning! <BR> <BR> I usually eat and work when I'm in the office, but yesterday I stopped working and read my book while eating..I know not a good thing to do..I'll have to work on what to do in the office. We are moving up the street the end of August to another building and can't eat at our desks there, so I'll be forced to eat at a table in the caf (good thing). <BR> <BR> Ate my dinner at t... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 05:32:58 EST Blueprint - Burn the Fat (Day 2 of 21) 7/7 Day 2 <BR> <BR> Day 2 was a success. Journaled all my food and ate all my meals and my evening chocolate snack at the kitchen table. Although I wasn't hungry I wanted something to top off the night and told myself, if I'm going to have something it has to be at the table, because if not I would probably eat the whole bar. <BR> <BR> Exercise is usually not an issue for me, walked with a friend for 70 minutes, it was a humid morning for sure. <BR> <BR> One of the things suggested in th... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 05:26:33 EST Blueprint -Burn the Fat (Day 1 of 21) 7/6 - Day 1 <BR> Was successful. Ate all my meals at the kitchen table, even my snack (apple/PB). Journaled about my feelings, what time I ate, if I was hungry. Jotted down the food I ate as well. <BR> <BR> I have to say it felt very very strange, as we eat in the living room with plate in hand. I do have my drinks in the living room, just decided to break the habit of eating my meals in there and snacks if possible. They say it takes 21 days to make a new habit. <BR> <BR> On the ot... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 05:54:45 EST Personal Burn the Fat Blueprint Personal Burn the Fat Blueprint - got this concept from "Lose Weight Without Dieting, David Nordmark" <BR> <BR> #1…Love your body today….My body is amazing, I’m so thankful for it. I’m grateful I can walk whenever I want at a good pace. I love that I have ears to hear the birds, rain, wind, a nose that works, smells the beauty of the flowers. I’m grateful to have 2 eyes that work to see the flowers, birds, life. I’m grateful that I can fish. I’m grateful I don’t have the cancer gene, I’... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 06:35:19 EST Spark Home Page - Tab issue "fix" Are you experiencing the tabs being cut off? and the Extra blue space? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fixed mine..if you do a right click on the home page, watch for the drop down to say reload, do a reload and it will correct itself. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:10:03 EST Flower Thief So yesterday I get a call from my husband.. <BR> <BR> A women comes up on our front lawn and bends over and rips my Aztec lily (beautiful brilliant orange) out of the ground (roots and all) and starts to walk away with it. My husband saw her through the window and started out after her, yelling for her to drop the flowers and she had no right stealing our flowers. She kept on going and finally threw the clump at my husband..he said she had a nice bouquet going on for herself picking as she... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 07:30:03 EST Desire <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is so true, I really need to start truthfully paying attention to my desire to be healthier/thinner when I go to grab that extra something! <BR> <BR> How about you? Thu, 13 Jun 2013 06:40:06 EST Update---Restasis do you use it??? My eye doctor prescribed Restasis for my dry eyes, I guess quite common condition after menopause. <BR> <BR> Was wondering if any of you use it and what has your experience been. I hate using medications at all, but the over the counter stuff is not cutting it for me. <BR> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> So it seems to be working, I use it in the morning..the whites of my eyes are actually white again and not all red. I open the little daily vile, use my dose and cap off and store in the frid... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:29:00 EST Early Birds! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is so true, especially for me...I found out during one of my 30 days of exercise challenges (to myself) that the days I missed my morning workout, I was like a piece of wood during any post dinner workouts...I just can't move physically and mentally as well. Couple of my friends say the same... <BR> <BR> So I will continue to battle the mind to "just get er done" in the morning. I also know when I start, I'm 9... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:20:11 EST Wastebasket <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I saw this I said, wow this is gross but true. Binges for me are not necessarily junk, it could be healthy food as well. <BR> <BR> I have this one hanging in my kitchen as a reminder when I come back from more! My wall actually has quite a few of these quotes <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> There are a lot of great quotes from SP, hence where I'm grabbing these from. <BR> <link> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 05:13:48 EST Today...... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How true is this...when we make bad choices, or eat way over our calories range we wonder why we don't see progress. So let your today, be the start of your progress to reach your goals of a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I need to apply this BIG time! <BR> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 05:26:19 EST Just Because... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For many of us, especially me, I have learned over the years that I was definitely an all or nothing, black or white, kind of person. I'm learning now through positive motivation I'm hanging in the middle these days. I'm not perfect and will not have perfect days, but that is okay, why, because I'm human. <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:16:40 EST Why you can't stop after eating one potato chip: research The scientific secrets underpinning that awful reality about potato chips — eat one and you're apt to scarf 'em all down — began coming out of the bag today in research presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. The meeting, which news media have termed "The World Series of Science," features almost 12,000 presentations on new discoveries and other topics. It continues here through today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ame... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 05:43:05 EST Low glycemic load diet might be better than low fat or very low carbohydrate diet A new study published recently in the Journal of American Medical Association challenges the notion that “a calorie is a calorie.” The study, led by Cara Ebbeling, PhD, associate director and David Ludwig, MD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital, finds diets that reduce the surge in blood sugar after a meal--either low-glycemic index or very-low carbohydrate–may be preferable to a low-fat diet for those trying to achieve lasting weight l... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 05:37:32 EST June Challenge "How about you?" I have challenged myself to commit to working out 6 days a week in June with 1 day of rest. On days that I really don't feel like it, I have committed to at least 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> May I challenged myself to reach 1200 fitness minutes that I met and bumped them up to 1500 which I also exceeded a tad. After counting my days I didn't work out 2 days in May - I considered my challenge a success. <BR> <BR> What I have learned/confirmed is I really need to workout in the morning, if no... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 05:26:02 EST May 30 Day Challenge - Final update 6/2 - May was a good month for my challenge, although I exercised 28 of the 31 days, I didn't get discouraged because I missed a day. The old thoughts were there, trying to be rotten to myself. So for June I'll do the same, but make it 6 days a week, so I have a day of rest. <BR> <BR> 5/24 - Really have been sticking to my self challenge...24 days in of the 31 (did take Mother's day off). Even will go way over my 1200 minute goal as well -mmm changed my minute goal to 1500. It is very re... 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