SMYLEERED's SparkPeople Blog SMYLEERED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ever Feel Like You Don't Belong? Some of us know the pain of never belonging, in school there were cliques, at home there was disagreement with parents' rules, or maybe being fat made you feel like an outsider. We each have a personal feeling of not belonging, the emptiness of feeling left out. <BR> <BR> Maybe you'd like to be invited to join a special circle of people where you would be welcome and each of them has the same kind of difficulty fitting in as you do. Sometimes they're insecure, frightened, and unsure. <BR... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:57:09 EST Using The Scale Wisely I used to weigh myself every friggin day. That is such a big mistake. I learned from OA meetings to stop beating myself up by weighing every day it was so defeating. If I gained even a little bit I kept thinking about it all day long. Not good. <BR> <BR> I need to start my day by skipping the scale and being nice to myself. <BR> <BR> Do you weigh in every day? Are you OK with that? Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:05:09 EST Last Day of the Diabetes Challenge Today is Easter, one of our religious holidays that we celebrate having special foods for breakfast after Mass. Cirek, a mixture of eggs and milk cooked over low heat til it congeals then it goes into cheesecloth and tied to make a ball; red beet horseradish, paska, kielbasa, baked ham. That was on the menu for breakfast. Lunch was a half ham sandwich, and dinner baked chicken...etc. <BR> <BR> I think I did pretty darn good even though the ham has too much sodium and I only had one sl... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 22:00:29 EST 14 Days Diabetes Challenge I've been following the Diabetes Challenge, today marks the halfway mark. It's getting easier to pass up added sugars. I would like to keep doing this for the rest of my life. Tomorrow I take the last antibiotic, hopefully that will be the end of my nasal congestion. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:08:25 EST SparkPeople Has Whatever You Need I have completed 10 Days on the Diabetic Challenge, following the Diabetes Diet that SparkPeople provides in food tracker. Instead of tracking weight loss I have my ticker tracking the days I don't use added sugars which is more important than anything in my life. I have been wanting to end the sugar addiction I had and so far it has become a reality with the help of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth right here in SP. <BR> <BR> Maybe there's something in your life that's keeping y... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 22:46:39 EST Still Catching Up I missed yesterday's blog entry.....I've been battling sinus facial pressure and a sore throat. Got lots of sleep and drank lots of water. When my temp reached 101 I decided to head for the doctor. Got some antibiotics and will be taking them for 10 days oh boy! I am still following the Diabetes Challenge, on Day 5. Tue, 1 Mar 2016 23:08:13 EST Catching Up After My Daughter's Bridal Shower Here I am announcing how well I did yesterday at the shower and catching up with my daily blogs and food tracker. No added sweets for me!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But first, the shower went very well. All the plans were right before our eyes. The main planner, Beth, Bernie's bridesmaid, did a wonderful job. Everything was perfectly executed from the location choice, to the brunch buffet menu - two... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:32:19 EST No Food Tracker Yet I usually plan my food the night before, but I haven't done that for today. I am so accustomed to putting that sheet of paper on the fridge with all the foods I chose and put into SP's food tracker. This morning I looked at my sheet and remembered that I didn't post it last night. My daughter is home from VA and later today we'll be attending her shower. I can hardly wait. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a breeze but brunch at the shower, who knows? I will definitely choose what I think is t... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 08:38:53 EST Reading Up On Carbohydrates I've been busy reading whatever I can about carbs. There is so much to know and do now. It's not as easy as -don't eat this or that. It's a lot more complicated. No wonder I never understood it til now. Well, I'm prepared to do this!! I joined a 30 Day Diabetes and Weight Loss Challenge this morning and although I am borderline pre-diabetic, I want to prevent it from actually happening if I can. I'm hoping this new challenge will be beneficial to my goals of lowering my blood glucose l... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:49:47 EST Sooo, what kind of carbohydrates are okay? My doctor told me to be cautious about good vs bad carbs. My blood glucose level was a bit over the desired amount. I know what carbohydrates are, so I thought. Questioning which carbs I should eat and which ones to pass up made me look it up here in Spark. Here's what I found. <BR> <BR> <BR> Carbohydrates: The Energizers <BR> <BR> Choose More Often <BR> whole grain products: <BR> breads, cereals, crackers, pancakes, muffins, ba... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:47:44 EST Day 21 - of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth The final day of this challenge. Gonna hate to leave it behind. But in 21 days I learned so much about myself and my sugar addiction. And I am 21 days added sugar free! <BR> <BR> Sharing some things I learned about the experience--- <BR> <BR> -- I can live very well without eating tons of candy and sweet stuff. <BR> -- It wasn't as difficult to stop eating sugars as I thought it would be. <BR> -- Reading about everyone else's experiences helped me through some tough times. <BR> -- Drink... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:18:47 EST 26 Tiny Life Changes That Could Result in Weight Loss <link><BR>hanges-weight-loss </link> <BR> <BR> Some of these already work for me like drinking lots of water, eating more earlier in the day and less for dinner. Try it and see if it works for you. Let me know too. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:05:22 EST Day 20 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth The Challenge for today is to write a list of reasons why you're trying to cut back on sugar for the long haul. Here goes: <BR> <BR> 1. To stop the sugar addiction. <BR> 2. For health reasons - prevent diabetes. <BR> 3. To lose weight. <BR> 4. To trade sugars for more wholesome foods. <BR> 5. To feel better <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> I had another day without eating added sugars. Each day gets a little easier to stay away from sugary stuff that triggers my... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:11:31 EST Day 19 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth Today was a challenge, for the first time I had the urge to eat something sweet and sugary. I wasn't planning on going out but I did. Walked in a clothing store round and round I was getting looks from the woman at the fitting room I felt pretty good afterward so I went to another store and walked a couple aisles. I did about 1600 steps. I was pleased, the sweet tooth disappeared. When I got home I had my lunch which was quite filling. <BR> <BR> No added sugars today. Onwa... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 23:22:29 EST Day 18 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth Three more days til the end of this challenge, and so far I have done very well, thank the Lord. Drinking water seems to help when I get the urge to deviate from the food plan. Picking up a book also helps to keep my mind busy. The next thing I need to do is exercise more. That's important because I don't think I'll take off any pounds if I don't do it. So what am I waiting for? <BR> <BR> I did walk today with my husband indoors at Giant about 15 minutes. It's better than nothing. I... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:53:38 EST This is what Happens When You Don't Eat Added Sugars I came across this on Facebook, and I thought it was perfect to share with all the folks who are in the 21 Day Challenge to Tame a Sweet Tooth. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>alth-story/year-of-no-sugar-one-family<BR>-grand-adventure/?pos=1&xid=nl_Everyda<BR>yHealthWomensHealth_20160220 </link> Sat, 20 Feb 2016 21:20:28 EST Day 17 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth A successful no added sugar day. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I changed the wheat bread I used to eat to Fit and Active wheat bread because it's healthier and lower calories. I've added eggs and more fish to my food plans this past week. <BR> <BR> Today was a beautiful, sunshiny day and I did not go out. In fact, I did nothing, absolutely nothing except make three meals, eat, and watch TV. Just like an ole couch potato. <BR> <em>134</em> Sat, 20 Feb 2016 20:50:06 EST Day 16 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth Another sugar free day. I feel blessed. <BR> <BR> The Omron pedometer I've used for many years kicked the bucket today. I walked pretty much in Walmart and outside - my steps showed way Jose! Oh well guess I better look for a new one. I did a guesstimate of 1,000 steps. <BR> <BR> Went for blood work this morning. Next week I'll find out the results. <BR> <BR> Chalk up another good and productive day! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:57:42 EST Day 15 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth We were asked to go for ZERO added sugars today. I did it! I did it! <BR> <BR> No more granola bars or granola cereal. I will not walk near any bakery department (I used to work in a bakery not a good place if you have a sugar addiction). I turn my head when I pass the candy aisle in the supermarket. It's all too tempting. If I don't have it at home I won't eat it! <BR> <BR> Walked with my friend for about 20 minutes. Clocked a decent amount of steps 1390, .47 of a mile. I will t... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 21:57:24 EST Day 14 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth I discovered that the tips they are giving us each day to help get off the sugar binges really do work. Today we were to concentrate on eating enough protein so we wouldn't get hungry and trigger the urge to eat sweets. Also to switch to higher protein snack food. <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had 2 eggs scrambled, a piece of wheat toast with butter, a half banana and green decaf tea. It was yummy, I am so used to eating cereal and lactaid that the difference really made me feel good. <B... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:30:37 EST Day 13 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth Another good day without added sugars. This is getting to be a habit. Yay! That's the reason I joined the challenge. It really does work. If I don't touch anything like chocolates and cakes I don't get the urge to binge. I am grateful to be 13 days free from that awful habit. <BR> <BR> Tracking my nutrition helps me to plan making foods that are healthful. I've been eating more vegetables and fruit that appears on the Diabetic Diet here in Spark. I am not diabetic but it's a healthy... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:03:40 EST Day 12 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth Chalked up another day free from added sugars. It's amazing I must say, not like me at all. But I'm doing it. I am turning my attention to other things instead of hitting the sugars. I drink water at every meal which makes me feel full and not hungry. I used to think I was hungry after meals and headed for the sweets. The water fixes that. Candy, cakes, etc. no longer have a place in the house. My husband and I gave it up for Lent. Makes it a little easier when your husband isn't sit... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 22:36:17 EST Day 11 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth Success again added sugars. Followed my food plan. Lots of changes. I cut down on artificial sweeteners, I'm changing my breakfast selections daily. I used to eat cheerios every day now I include eggs, oats, peanut butter on toast, etc. It helps to vary the menus, then it's not so boring. <BR> <BR> Day 2 of the "Find 10 Challenge", walked 1900 steps = .65 mile for about 15 minutes. The object is to find at least 10 minutes to do some exercise. <BR> <BR> Added $1.00 to the... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:53:48 EST Day 10 - 21 Day Challenge and A New Dilemma I've been doing well on the challenge so far this is Day 10. Each day I have been giving up eating sugary foods that I used to love and thought I needed. I am learning how to substitute some of that sugary stuff with other things. I learned that I might be thirsty and not hungry because drinking a big glass of water satisfied me when I started looking for something to munch on. I used to grab candy after lunch like it was dessert. No more! If water isn't the answer, I pick up a book and... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:27:47 EST Day 9 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth I forgot to add a blog yesterday, but I was still off the sweet stuff then and now. <BR> <BR> Today I had the urge to eat something extra after lunch. I didn't want to go off my food plan so I decided to have a big glass of water instead. That's what I'm going to do whenever I think I need to eat extra food or sweets. I must kick that habit, it's not a good one. After I drank the water I asked myself, did you really want food? NO. Were you even hungry? No, not really. Then why eat... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:03:38 EST Day 7 of the 21 Day Challenge to Tame A Sweet Tooth So far all is well, following the food plan. No sugar. I can't believe I've gone this long without an extra sugar treat. But I have! 7 days and counting. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:34:30 EST Day 6 of the 21 Day Tame Sugar Cravings Challenge Today was different from all prior days - I felt tired, not energetic like yesterday. I tried to figure out why but only came up with - maybe it's because of lower sugar consumption. I don't know. <BR> I did follow the food pan, and had no extra stuff or sugary foods today. No fastnachts either! I had my share before I started the challenge. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, a day of fast and abstinence for me. Lent is a good time to get my act together. Looking forward to a healthi... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:22:50 EST Day 5 of the 21 Day Sugar Taming Challenge Phew, after lunch I feel like eating something extra ---- NO, stop, change your thinking now. Picked up a book my friend gave me "Hinds Feet on High Places" - it has saved me from turmoil more than once. <BR> <BR> Still have the rest of the day to deal with the sweet tooth issue. Praying I keep getting help from God and my SP friends. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of you on your venture. <BR> <BR> Say NO to ------>> <em>473</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:08:05 EST Day 4 of the 21 Day Challenge Another day behind me and I did all the right things. It seems too easy. Today we had to take a quiz about sugar and all the names it has. I always did read labels on products, but believe me I had no idea sugar lurks in just about everything. The trick is to notice it and be careful purchasing things with too much sugar. I still have much to learn about what amounts are overboard. <BR> <BR> I've been tracking my food too, eating more vegetables and less meat. I'm going to try and keep... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:58:47 EST Again Another Start How many starts am I going to take before I accomplish something? I know now that I have the sugar addiction very bad. Thursday, 2/3/16, I began something new....The 21-Day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge right here in SparkPeople. Why keep searching all over creation for help when help is right here! <BR> <BR> On Thursday, Day 1, Feb 3, 2016, I admitted that I have a sugar addiction. I did very well I think, tracked my food, read everything I could about the Challenge. I was ready and... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:44:41 EST Tough Start It's Day 2 of my new start and believe me it was tough keeping out of the cookies. Once they're gone for my husband's lunches I can breathe much easier. I've done this ritual before as some of you know. For very odd reasons I think I can go off this plan and eat everything in sight. Not true! The weight gain is the proof. Being 70 years old, losing weight isn't easy if I just eat everything I like...hahaha cuz I like too many high calorie foods. Hopefully I will lose some of this extra... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:51:59 EST 50 Snacks Under 50 Calories Some great snacks under 50 calories....enjoy <BR> <BR> <BR> 50 Best Snacks Under 50 Calories By Keri M. Gans, R.D. <BR> 1. 1⁄2 medium apple, baked, topped with 1 Tbsp low fat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon (45 calories) <BR> 2. 1⁄2 small banana, frozen (45 calories) <BR> 3. 4 oz unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon (49 calories) <BR> 4. 1 miniature box of raisins (45 calories) <BR> 5. 2 sugar-free ice pops (30 calories) <BR> 6. 1 sugar-free fudge ice pop (35 calories) <BR> 7.... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:54:05 EST New Serenity Prayer For today I just had to share something Fr. James Martin S.J. wrote in FB: <BR> <BR> God grant me the serenity to remember that I am not You. <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 22:07:20 EST New - Walk Before Eating I am so intent on losing weight and belly fat, I started something new this morning. Before breakfast I walked 10 minutes. Apparently, according to several studies, being exposed to sunlight between 8 a.m. and 12 noon reduces the risk of weight gain no matter what level of activity you've done. Sounds crazy, but if it's true, I figured I better take advantage of it now. I am not a fan of going to the gym, but I do like to walk, so there's no excuse. <BR> <BR> Another reason to give t... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 09:51:49 EST PC Problems It's difficult to keep track of things like Facebook and SparkPeople without my email. Something is terribly wrong with my laptop; Firefox won't let me use all the sites I normally use because of a "proxy server" issue. I have to use Internet Explorer to get into Spark but IE won't let me into Facebook. Strange huh? I may have to reset everything back to when it was running smoother. <BR> <BR> I don't seem to be losing any weight. It's frustrating. The older you get the harder it is to ... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:55:19 EST Thought For Today - Perfectionism I just read something that I want to share with everyone. It's about Perfectionism from Nick Ortner, writer, (about Tapping)‎, in Facebook. There is a tapping group here in SP. If Tapping is new to you, check out this website: <link><BR>ogate/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Perfection is about living in fear. <BR> Fear of what they'll think. <BR> Fear about what you'll think of yourself. <BR> Fear of being judged, or being wrong." <BR> <BR> "The greatest... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:02:05 EST Holiday Warning <em>524</em> SparkPeople -- hope your Memorial Weekend is going well. <BR> <BR> Remember this doesn't give you the go-ahead to overeat. Stick to your food plan and you'll be happier you did afterwards. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 May 2015 22:42:01 EST Give It Away I've been selecting some extra "stuff" in my kitchen cabinets, washing and wrapping glasses getting them ready to give away. There are two of us and I still have enough dinner/glassware to serve a bunch of people. Time to clean house I think! I started Sunday afternoon doing one shelf where I store glasses. It's a start. <BR> <BR> The daily activity registered 1.10 miles/2300 steps on my pedometer. I was amazed at the numbers. Besides moving about instead of sitting watching TV, I felt... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:52:26 EST Keep Praying! Did you ever feel like the world is caving in on all sides? With all the news of turmoil everywhere, in the U.S. with the protests, in Nepal with the earthquake and the number of people killed, it's so sad. We need to pray, not just for ourselves to lose weight and keep it off, but for the world, for our nation. <BR> <BR> I wish you all a good, hopeful, and bright day. Keep praying, you will be blessed! <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:40:52 EST Weight Loss Is Not The Only Answer Everyone here wants to lose some weight. That seems to be a universal quest. But many of us can't put the food down in time even though we truly want to do that. It's like a curse. We may have inherited the dreaded habit from a relative without even knowing it. Hitting the candy bags whenever a problem arises results in added pounds. Year after year the pounds pile up and all of a sudden we realize that something is wrong, we need to hurry up and get rid of it fast or we're going to get... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:57:27 EST Giving Up Something For Lent? from St. Jude <BR> <BR> Looking for something to give up for Lent? <BR> Give up resentment and become more forgiving. <BR> Give up hatred and return good for evil. <BR> Give up complaining and be more grateful. <BR> Give up pessimism and become more hopeful. <BR> Give up worry and become more trusting. <BR> Give up anger and become more patient. <BR> Give up pettiness and become more noble. <BR> Give up gloom and become more joyful. <BR> Give up doubt and turn to God. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:05:05 EST Measuring Progress <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Did you ever get discouraged because you've been following a healthy food plan and don't get a decent weight loss? I think many of us have. I've had that experience for months. <BR> <BR> So, what can I do now? <BR> <BR> Think very hard. Is food the only thing I need to get under control, or is there something else that needs to change? I weigh myself once a month, that helps to stay positive. Exercise changes body composition so I may be losing fat but gai... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:57:07 EST Recovery and Spirituality As a member of a 12 Step community, I keep hearing at meetings that we need to be spiritual, and even though I have always been a faithful church-goer, making God the center of my quest was taking what seemed to be forever. I always pray to God asking for His help. I know I can't do the impossible. But I thought He wasn't answering my prayers. <BR> <BR> Does God really want me to free of addictive food binges, free of stockpiling candies, free of the guilt and sorrow that happens afterw... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:01:44 EST I Notice Changes I am moving forward in my quest for recovery from this dread disease. To move forward I just needed to be willing, and I am really willing at last. It's not as complicated as I thought it would be. Finding out I am borderline diabetic made me aware of the dangerous effects overeating has on your body. Frankly it was frightening. I accept the task of striving for abstinence. <BR> <BR> All I have to do now is keep on the path I am on, learning more about carbohydrates and how to pic... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:12:01 EST Give Your Problems to God! If you're like I was, praying every day to stop the food addiction, then listen up. <BR> <BR> From OA's "For Today", I may have found the answer to that problem. <BR> <BR> What it all boils down to is this -- if you are willing to turn over any difficulty to God, and believe with all your heart that He has the power, the answer will be made known to you. Believe that? If you said yes, you're on the right track. <BR> <BR> Although there isn't a permanent solution to food addiction, i... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:51:43 EST Variety of Foods Is the Spice Of Life I think the reason why this new diabetic diet is working so well is because I am learning to vary my food choices instead of having the same things every day or every other day. There are so many foods out there and trying them out is fun. I used to eat a plain iceberg salad with bottled dressing and today I found a recipe in SP for Israeli Salad, it's colorful and has lots of the vegetables I love - cucumbers, green or yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions and the dressing is olive... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:44:00 EST Still Working on the diabetes diet Even though I don't always post here in my blog, I do visit SP every single day and choose my food items. Those are the foods I give to my sponsor. <BR> <BR> This is a new experience for me having to eat some different foods but I like it very much so far. <BR> <BR> I only hope the admiration of it all sticks around forever. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:02:19 EST The Pre-Diabetic Diet Is Great <em>43</em> <BR> I really and truly like the new pre-diabetic diet I got here in Spark. They list the foods for each meal and all I have to do is pick and choose. It's wonderful. I thought I was eating lots of veggies -- well on this plan, I am learning about new things like crushed almonds mixed with brown rice, lactaid and raisins for breakfast. I love it. I will be adding things I haven't eaten for a long time or never ate. Couscous, dried prunes, more fish , more veggie meals,... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:44:04 EST A Change In Foods Haven't been here for a couple days. I have begun to make some changes in the foods I am eating. Spark is great, I can follow the pre-diabetic menu - because a recent hemoglobin blood test results showed I was on the border. I do not want to become a diabetic if I can help it. So, change is necessary. <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:46:35 EST Progress? Yes I am making progress, slowly. I'm not in a big hurry, I've had these extra pounds stuck to me for a long time. The progress I'm more interested in is the recovery from the awful addiction of eating too much. <BR> <BR> Strange that when I was a child food was taboo to me, I was a fussy kid, no kind of food tempted me, honest! I didn't even eat much candy. When I was sick my mom took extra special care to make sure I ate the foods that I liked - chicken noodle soup, Dietz and Watson b... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 15:02:10 EST