SMYLEERED's SparkPeople Blog SMYLEERED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Look Within This Year Three days into the new year, am I feeling any different? <BR> <BR> I am the same me, maybe my outlook could be a little different. OK then I need to get working on it. I have been abstinent for 3 days, that's a good thing. How can I improve how I look at things? Hmmmmm good question. <BR> <BR> The first thing I need to do is to be willing to give up some of the old thinking I hold onto. No more diets, no more binging? Is that the way? The OA program offers a way to recovery wit... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:29:22 EST Looking Forward to 2015 <img src=""> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:06:53 EST New Knees -- New Exercise Routine I finally got the hint that the pounds I put on in the past few months will never disappear unless I get moving. It's so frustrating because I was actually getting closer to my goal than I ever was and what happened? I got two new knee replacements and gained a lot of weight. You would think that someone with new knees would want to walk more. Not so for me. I don't know why I didn't do that. Maybe I was afraid to use the knees. Anyway, It took me over a year to get the message...duh! ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:58:27 EST Love Peace and Light Meditation It helps to get you centered and relaxed when you feel you need it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-peace-and-light-meditation/ </link> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:22:18 EST Fight Food Cravings It's been a few years since I discovered that I am a food addict. It's been a never-ending battle trying to control it. Sometimes I think I'm on the right track then POW it's right back as if I never stopped overeating. After reading this blog which a SP friend sent to me I'm feeling there just might be a way to fight cravings. Dr. Pamela Peeke, wrote a book "The Hunger Fix: The 3 Stage detox and recovery plan for overeating and food addiction." Read more from Dr. Peeke. <BR> <BR> <li... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:31:38 EST Merry Christmas to All <img src=""> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:30:59 EST Are You A Frequent Scale-Weigher? I mean do you weigh yourself every single day? Don't you get disgusted or upset if you gain even an ounce? I do, that's why I hesitate to weigh myself. My visits to the doctor's office are enough for me. <BR> <BR> Here's some great advice from Jillian Michaels. Thought I'd share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-michaels-best-way-to-weigh-yourself.<BR>aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomens<BR>Health_20141217 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em>... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:22:03 EST Temporary Setback Because of something called burning mouth/tongue I had to go on a BRAT type diet for awhile until my blood work results are in for a possible B-12 deficiency. I was on Nexium for close to 2 months, they weren't doing a thing for the burning mouth. I will be taking Clotrimazole for 10 days and have a follow-up with the doctor. <BR> <BR> Life goes on so do I. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:01:29 EST Eat Your Heart Out For The Holidays!!! NO I followed my food plan today, the same one I had for Monday because yesterday I fell off the wagon. I wasn't even thinking to try tapping- duh! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So today I was busy, that's the secret, keep busy. There's no reason to overeat especially when you aren't hungry. So why do it? Looking inside to find the answers helps but the reasons are well hidden from view. Maybe it will take forever to figure it out. It could be anxiety about the preparations for yet ano... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:48:03 EST All Is Well -- Yeah! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The food plan is successful. I do it in SP first then I send it in e-mail to my sponsor. I have 3 days of abstinence. Still having a hard time trying to avoid my husband's goodies, but I did it. God sees that I am making a real effort for recovery from this awful disease. He's been helping I know because I have no willpower at all. <BR> <BR> Today - one day at a time til tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:40:54 EST Day #1 On the food plan, with a new sponsor, I am beginning over again, hopefully with the blessing of God I will be abstinent. That is my goal -- to follow the food plan and refrain from sugary foods that trigger a binge. <BR> <BR> Pray with me to get through this day. I admit I have no will power and I rely on God who has all power. <BR> <BR> Have a great and successful day! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>243</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:11:23 EST SP Has A Plan To End Sugar Addiction c <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1663 </link> <BR> <BR> I guess if you do the work, it will work for you. That is my downfall with all the programs I begin and never follow through with. <BR> <BR> I know and admit I am an addict when it comes to sugary stuff. Not all kinds of food make me want to eat too much, it's only sugar products. What the heck is wrong with that? Wonder how or why I got to be this way? Anybody have any suggestions or answers?... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:16:34 EST Compulsive Eaters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:31:44 EST Happy Thanksgiving -- A Reminder A friend in Face Book posted this about addiction, I guess it was about drugs but it can be applied to food addiction also, see what you think --------> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>imation_describes_what_drug_addiction_<BR>is_like#disqus_thread </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A perfect time to remind myself and everyone here not to go overboard on the food for Thanksgiving. Easy on the fatty, sugary stuff. If you pray at the table, ask your God to make one he... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:11:25 EST Urge For Chocolate -- GONE <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> What a wonderful way to stop a craving....I just released a desire for really works, it really works. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bvd61Cg </link> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:38:47 EST Thanksgiving Tips Thanksgiving can be one of the highest calorie intake days of the year --- if you let it. Don't let it throw you off balance. Stick to following your food plan. <BR> <BR> I found this great article in Spark to help -- <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1238 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:12:08 EST Food Plan On Schedule and Tapping <em>43</em> <BR> I've been keeping to my food plan, eating less sugar, Yay! <BR> <BR> I had a book on the bookcase that I never quite finished, "Stop Eating Your Heart Out" by Meryl Hershey Beck, MA, MEd., LPCC. I decided to read it again, especially the section on EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). As an emotional eater, it isn't unusual to reach for food whenever I have big feelings. It never made sense to eat even if I wasn't hungry but I did anyway. I am learning that besides using... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:34:43 EST SUGAR -- Bad Stuff There must be some way to end a sugar addiction. I know personally there is no EASY way. I've been trying but not hard enough. <BR> <BR> First I have to rid the house of all the foods that I "live" on that have added sugar. That would be: pastries, candies, granola bars, jelly, marshmallow. Even some yogurts have way too much sugar. <BR> <BR> OK -- Pick 5 things that have lots of sugar that I love to eat. Those are the things to eliminate from my daily foods. <BR> <BR> Make sure ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:54:17 EST It's Really Hard <em>24</em> <BR> I ought to confess and pour my heart out about all the things I ate today that weren't in my plan, but that won't make me stop. Only I can do that, with God's direction. I am weak. I am addicted. Need I say more? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:30:50 EST I Tried I really did but come 2 PM I got antsy and went for a couple cookies....tsk tsk. I definitely have a sugar addiction, already aware of that. I followed the rest of my food choices as chosen. <BR> <BR> Having a regular planned menu for my three meals plus a PM snack gave me the desire to keep trying. I have to continue with this program. One day down, forever to go. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:24:48 EST Need A Big Change I am being plagued with health issues. I truly need a 100% turnaround soon. Being away from SP doesn't help either. My loss. I tracked my food for tomorrow, that is one foot forward. <BR> <BR> I am doing something drastically wrong....gained some weight, eat less veggies and fruits, and too much sugary stuff. That has to change now. <BR> <BR> Hoping for some grace from above to make this journey. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:20:34 EST Getting Better It's good to be here where everyone is so supportive. Thank you to those who take time to comment here and on my SP page. It means a lot to me. <BR> <BR> Today's food was better than yesterday. Monday went to a meeting, did service, talked to another member on the phone, and put my food in the SP tracker. I am doing the best I can to keep aiming for abstinence and recovery. It will come! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a terrific evening and a nice day tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR>... Tue, 6 May 2014 21:11:32 EST On the road to recovery -- again! It's been a while since I posted anything in SP. I admit turning to food as a last resort when I felt stressed out, which isn't the way to go. I've been attending my meetings thank God for that and I started reading the literature again. I fall by the wayside every so often. I am not abstinent, but each day is a new journey to recovery. I need to do that very badly. My husband had hand surgery recently. Food doesn't help him or me but sometimes I think that's the answer. Not! <BR> <... Mon, 5 May 2014 22:49:09 EST Happy Easter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing all my SP friends and their families a beautiful, holy and blessed Easter. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:02:53 EST Sniff Sniff--Smell the flowers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so waiting for Spring to arrive. Even if it snows tomorrow (it better not), I will still celebrate the beginning of the season we are all waiting for. <BR> <BR> Hope your day is fulfilling and that your plans for tomorrow include appreciating the new season. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:32:26 EST Have a Happy Day <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:26:17 EST Saturday <BR> Got up late this morning.....ahhhhh good to sleep longer once in a while. Went to confession before 4 PM Mass, then to visit MIL. Had Hungarian goulash on rice with a salad and coffee for dinner at our favorite restaurant....yum it was sooo good even brought home half of it for tomorrow's lunch. <BR> <BR> That's all for my exciting day. Hope you had a lovely day! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:30:20 EST Eat Just Enough A whole week went by and here it is Friday, beginning of the weekend. A good thing to remember is don't stuff yourself with food other than what's on your food plan. And don't forget you only want to keep yourself alive and your body healthy. Anything over that is unnecessary. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:47:39 EST Weak but determined! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday rolls around quickly after a nice weekend. It's time to get serious about keeping with the program as if I haven't been up to now. I try very hard to stick with it and still manage to get on the wrong trail. That's past now, a new beginning starts with each morning. It's not easy if there's stuff that I shouldn't eat around the house. I must also be strong when I go to the store and avoid going near can... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:35:01 EST "Not this time" Thanks to a SP supporter who wrote in my blog yesterday for her comment and suggestion to never say never to food temptation and instead say "Not this time". I am giving that my all today. I have thought about candy already and the day is only halfway through. It's hard to believe for normal eaters I'm sure, but to those of us who have the disease, we can relate. <BR> <BR> I put my food in SP's tracker, and I want to stick to the menu!! The sun is shining brightly, I plan on going out. ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:34:04 EST Candy won Saturday I will begin my abstinence all over again at day 1 and counting. Temptation was too great. Candy is always the culprit. Beginning over again I will try harder to turn to God instead of sugar. <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 23:39:22 EST Shovels Ready? Sunday morning, the sky is grey, the temperature is cold but not frigid....The quiet before the storm. Last night the weather report downsized the amount of snow we're getting to possibly 3-6 inches. The heavier stuff is moving southward toward Philly, Jersey and Delaware. Whatever we get is not welcome. Most of us are tired of being cooped up in the house, others dread the shoveling, kids like it cuz they have off from school. But they'll be making it up in June when they wish they could... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:59:34 EST Challenges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ready, set, gooooooo. A brand new day, a brand new challenge. Whatever happened yesterday forget it. I am learning to commit myself to doing the best I can. Starting out with a morning ritual to give my life special meaning, a real purpose to be positive. <BR> <BR> I start out with a prayer* thanking God, my protector, for all the good things in my life, and asking for help with anything that is beyond... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:05:26 EST Huh? What'd you Say? I cancelled the apt I had with the family doctor Monday 3-3-14 because I heard we're in for a winter storm....oh really, what's that? I am so sick of hearing those words, it's enough to make me want to go and eat everything in sight...but I didn't. Maybe back in the day I would have, but I think I'm getting my emotions pretty much under control. I pray a lot in my weak moments. <BR> <BR> Back to the doctor, I've had a blocked right ear for almost 3 weeks during the bout with sinusitis. ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:07:16 EST Walked 1.05 Miles <img src=""> <BR> Isn't he a cutie? LOL Wish he was really mine. <BR> <BR> <BR> Besides being my 7th day of no added sugary goop in my food plan, my husband took me out in this utterly cold weather and we walked Wegman's entire store. We came home with lots of, not that kind. It was boneless chicken breast, ground 80-20 beef, a big bag of oranges, roasted almonds, no fat milk, greek yogurt. <BR> <BR> I couldn't believ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:57:54 EST ~~Sugar-Free Day 6~~ I am praising God, I have gone through another day, 6 in all, free of any added sugar like candy or goodies. I happily refuse all addictive foods that are not good for my health and body. I could never have done it on my own. <BR> <BR> ..I made a list (again) of all the foods that cause me to go off my program. <BR> ..I strive to keep any of those foods out of the house. <BR> ..I began journaling again. <BR> ..I am tracking my foods here in SparkPlace . <BR> ..I increased the fruits and ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:45:42 EST Monday Monday <link><BR>ges/loveyourbody.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a great day! Join me friends, you owe it to yourself. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:49:23 EST Peaceful Sunday Another 2 days without candy or sweets, that brings me to 5 days abstinent. Amen. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking food as I said I would and noticed that I am eating more vegetables and fruits than I was before. That seems to be working out well for me. It is healthier than chocolates, maybe not as palatable, but lower in calories. Better choices have left me happier and more peaceful about a lot of things. And, mind you, it's only 5 days just think what 10 days will bring. Not wanting t... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:59:51 EST No Sugar - Phew Day 3 without sugar. Chocolate candy is my weakness. None in the house that I know of - my husband keeps his stash hidden from me. He has no problem eating just one piece and forgetting about it. Not me, it calls to me like a ghost in the night and you know what happens if you eat just one. The END of recovery. It's so easy to give in. With this disease you cannot rely on willpower because we have none. We have tools in OA -- and need to use them even if it's midnight. It's a lot better than ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:53:32 EST Blessed Be This Day The day was filled with A pluses -- I feel happy, healthy, and hopeful. It's my 2nd day of no sugar. My main goal for recovery is to refrain from added sugars and sweets in my daily life. I think recording my foods here in SP the night before (I did tomorrow's already) has been instrumental in my abstaining from sugars. I am cautious of what I put in my mouth, and have been eating mostly turkey for dinner and chicken with lots of vegetables. I can't say for sure what's keeping me from bi... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:03:14 EST