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3/6/13 5:59 A

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That sounds like a very healthy brew. I have all of the ingredients so I will give it a go.

I have never used artificial sweetners as I have always considered they were toxic. I figured the real thing in moderation was safer.



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3/5/13 5:56 P

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I had an issue...as time goes on, my working out after work would no longer suffice, as our hardware store goes on longer hours in the summer. I can't eat anything for an hour after I take my synthroid, so I needed something that would at least hydrate me.

So...you're all the first to know about this! I combined a pot of white tea, a tbsp of honey into a pot of fennel tea, a small tetra pac of coconut water, sliced up a lemon, sprinkled in some cinnamon...and I put it in a pitcher and stuck it in the fridge!

Here was the logic behind this ingredient assortment:
Honey has probiotics ( good bacteria like in yogurt) that aid in gut health.
Fennel tea can alleviate bloating, constipation, heartburn, indigestion, and gas. Another benefit of drinking fennel tea is it is effective at reducing the symptoms of cold and flu, soothing sore throats, clearing up congestions in the chest and excess phlegm. It is a natural diuretic, increasing the rate of urination and cleanses the kidneys. Fennel tea is used by Fennel seeds increases the body’s metabolic rate and stimulates the liver which improves the digestion of fat (fat burning) whilst the essential oils will help flush your system of excess water.some to lose weight, as it has suppresses the appetite, especially drinking before eating a meal.
White tea is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses. The antioxidants so abundant in white tea tone the entire immune system, providing protection against a variety of invaders and a wide range of diseases. Its helps guard against the common cold and flu, and can ease the symptoms of HIV.
White tea contains small amounts of fluoride and other nutrients which keeps the teeth strong and healthy. It also kills the bacteria which causes plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath.
There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances--notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene--that promote immunity and fight infection.
Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases etc. In effect, these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism.

Tastes like honey-lemon iced tea essentially. Feel free to try it out, let me know what you think!

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3/5/13 5:34 P

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I've never heard of it, but I've heard a lot of bad things about artificial sweeteners.

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Has anyone read the book " Sweet Poison " by Janet Starr Hull ? That book will literly scare you to death, if you've been using aspartame. I had cut back on diet sweetners, but never paid any attention about the different ones. It was all just diet sugar to me. But I will never ever use aspartame again.


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3/5/13 1:22 P

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Haven't felt well since last Wednesday. My throat hurts and I just can't breathe well. I've drank a lot of hot tea and tried a warm bath. I am finally dropping weight despite this setback.

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No fitness center this morning. Bob has a deep hacking cough and doesn't need to go out into the cold, and then into a hot pool. He'd get pneumonia. So tomorrow is supposed to be warmer and if his cough is better, we'll go then. I hate missing our regular days going and it had Bob in tears, but his health is more important to me. And with his weak heart, we just can't take chances.
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3/4/13 5:57 A

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Happy belated birthday!

Starting the week with determintaion. I have a goal in mind for the month and it is to lose at least a pound a week. I think I can do it. I want to look half-way nice in my summer clothes this year and not feel uncomfortable.

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3/3/13 8:22 P

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Awww, thanks for the birthday wishes! I hope also that everyone is able to enjoy some fresh air.
It was a lovely day. I didn't entirely pig-out but some people did bring some of my favorites. I do have a day a week where I let myself eat to about 2000 calories, so I'm still under and feeling good with that.


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3/3/13 9:48 A

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Hope everyone is having a great Sunday. We aren't doing anything special today. The cold front has moved in so we're staying inside today. Tomorrow it'll be back to the fitness center.

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3/2/13 4:37 P

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Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!! emoticon

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I'm super glad to be well again and do my exercize routine. My husband got himself a pedometer to track how much he walks and I think I might get one for myself later on. My birthday is coming up tomorrow and I'm having a gathering with friends where my hubby is playing chef. It's nice to be able to control the food preparation.
All in all, my weight has come off as I've planned it to; still got a way to go. But it's fun and I'm glad soon all the snow will be melted around here and then I can go hiking and bike riding!!
Have a great weekend everyone!

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I normally average about 5000 steps a day. After yesterday's mad walking, today is a rest day for me. Hope everyone is having a good Saturday. It's 40 degrees here right now but supposed to warm up to about 62 for the high.

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3/1/13 6:48 P

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I love to walk and log over 20,000 steps a day.....that is often my primary exercise

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Just got back from all the grocery shopping and bill paying. I got in a total of 5 hours walking and my feet and legs hurt so much I won't be doing anything else the rest of the day. Last month I did just as much walking as I did today on grocery day but it didn't bother me nearly as much as it's doing today. Anyway, I took 2 Aleve, and hopefully it'll ease up. Later on I'll take a hot bubble bath and soak for awhile. That should help loosen every thing up.
Hope everyone is enjoying their day.

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I made up my mind that for the next 31 days at least I'm staying off the scale and just working on eating as healthy as I can and getting in the exercise. Feel free to visit my sparkpage or blogs.
Hope you're all having a great Thursday.

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Slow is the way to go! Just do one of the easier exercises in your schedule, and reduce distance or speed until you are comfortable again.

If I am injured or have been sick, I tend to use swimming as my go-to exercise. It's low-impact and soothing. Instead of swimming a full mile in :35, I might cut the distance down to 3/4 mile or take a whole hour to finish my workout.

I tend to stay away from group exercise and things that are competitive (for me, this is Zumba) when recovering because I am likely to push myself too hard in situations like that.

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I have been sick off and on for the past 2 weeks, first with a stomach thing and most recently migranes. Both of which caused vomiting. Not fun.
After a period of illness how do you get back into the exercize routines you had before?
I'm thinking of just going very slowly, doing some cardio and working my way up hopefully by the end of the week!

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2/19/13 6:19 P

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Sounds like a great plan. My problem has always been portion control and still is. I am trying to retrain myself and add more veggies to fill up on. It's a work in progress. Keep us posted on how things are going.
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Thanks Runnin'!

I've done different things at different times, adding more exercise and better nutritional control as I've gone along. Watching carbs and portions is a big thing for me. I eat a lot more vegetables now and a lot less pasta. USUALLY I am very consistent and record/share everything--I think that the accountability really helps. I need to get back on track with doing that...

I've also lost the weight VERY slowly, but seem to be keeping it off.



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2/16/13 7:44 A

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Congratulations on your weightloss so far. That is awesome. Please share what is working for you.

I hope your mother has a successful surgery. What a wonderful gift your father is giving.

Good luck with your move. Sounds like you are very busy.

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Well, I have had some major things going on in my life lately which have distracted me from the exercise and diet regime. However, I have continued to lose a little bit of weight and have finally reached the point where I am officially NOT obese anymore. My BMI is now 29. I think that it was 43 when I started. Eight more pounds to the 100-pound loss mark!

My father was planning to give my mother a kidney in February, but he caught a cold and the transplant got postponed. I am their support person and had cleared my schedule for a couple of weeks. So I decided to accelerate my plans to move to a third city. The transplant should happen next month, at which point I will go live in a hotel in a different city for 2-4 weeks. In other words, my life is a little complicated right now. :)

I have been moving, cleaning, sorting, storing and organizing for the last 10 days. I am living in a new place and don't have a gym membership yet here. I've tried out a couple of places where I can do a-la-carte swimming and I've started taking casino salsa classes again with my old dance troupe which has been WONDERFUL. It looks like there is good a-la-carte Zumba here too, but I haven't made it to a class yet.

I've been pretty lax with eating and didn't record anything for more than a week. However, watching portions and carbs seems to work for me even when I am not being fastidious about things. Apparently measuring and weighing everything for two years has taught me a thing or two. :)

My new roomate is my best friend. His birthday was earlier this week and I baked him a cake with homemade frosting...so not on my diet, but apparently this was the first time in his life that anybody has ever made him a birthday cake, so it was worth it to see how touched he was. I was able to send almost all of the cake home with various people, so there wasn't a lasting temptation around.

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it looks like the long awaited boot camp class may happen. The instructor has changed f/t jobs so now he works on left coast time. Which means his only available time is in the morning. He's looking at one hour on Mon, Wed, Fri for 12 weeks. A morning class is tougher for me because I will have to make sure I have everything in the car to shower & change for work (and I'll only have 30 minutes to clean up and get to the office).

still hoping he can find at least 10 more people (if he doesn't hit that number, the class will not happen).

the weather in GA has been unseasonably warm, so I've been able to get some outdoor workouts in. My running has really fallen off, but I have been doing one or two bleacher workouts each week, and my usual spin classes. I'm getting back to my morning Pilates at home.

I'm trying to get myself on board for the Team Zombie 28 Days Later No Sugar Challenge. No sugar, no artificial sweeteners. My struggle will be giving up my Greek yogurt, or changing to plain and adding fresh fruit. I refuse to give up my Dentyne Fire sf gum though. I have a paranoia about bad breath!

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It helps me to stay with healthy food mostly protein and veggies and stay away from bread, cereal, processed foods, cheese, and sweets. the longer I stay away from tempting foods and the more I eat healthy, the less I crave or am tempted by the bad stuff.

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1/27/13 7:59 A

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Good for you Gretchen, I am proud of you. As for me I don't eat to please others I just eat. I have not been doing well and I really need to get back at this thing.It is so hard to say no to yummy looking food that I know tastes so good. I usually regret all that I eat but it hasn't seemed to stop me the next time. How do you do it?

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I learned a long time ago to say no to cake and all desserts and that has served me well.

Yesterday I had a potluck to go to and I usually eat my pre-planned meal ahead of time and don't eat at potlucks but yesterday I had a long and busy day and when I got home I thought I'd have time to walk the dogs and eat but I was wrong and when I got back with the dogs hubby said it was time to go........my choice was to eat at the potluck or be hungry all evening.....it would have been easy to say "what the heck" and eat whatever, but instead I carefully chose salads and ignored all the people who encouraged me to try the lemon pie, cheese cake, macaroni and cheese and all the other high calorie low nutrition foods.....I no longer eat to please other people.
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1/26/13 1:09 P

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It's all about getting back on track isn't it? I think we need to celebrate occasions such as our birthday...not going crazy but maybe having that piece of cake. The important this is to get right back on track. I had a similar experience this week but I'm back on track too. I didn't put on any weight but I am experiencing a plateau. I'm trying to embrace it and let my body settle in at their new weight before it starts losing more. emoticon

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After losing 6 pounds since the beginning of January celebrated my birthday Wednesday and put a few back on. I am back on track and rid of most of what I put back on.

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I bought some chocolate a few days ago and discovered that I didn't like it anymore. So good to know that my taste buds are changing!

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last year for Valentine's Day I asked my hubby to buy me some 15 pound dumbbell for my weight training.......it took awhile, but he now knows to never buy me food treats.

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I love your suggestions about chocolate COCOA-JUMBO! And i love the idea of checking in too. Sounds like you are doing great BALLETLOTUS! I'm having a great 2013 so far. I've lost almost 15 pounds since December 28th. I'm getting married this summer so I have some motivation! :) Hope everyone has a great week!

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I find that nothing satisfies a chocolate craving like chocolate! I recommend keeping small pieces around to satisfy the craving. At Easter, I love Cadbury eggs so I keep the mini ones around and allow myself 1 per day if I'm craving chocolate. Funny thing is, I still have two in the fridge from last year! If you try to make a rule that you never eat chocolate, you will just want it even more.

I also just bought some organic chai hot chocolate mix. It's made by Dagobi. 50 calories for 3 tablespoons of mix. I make it with almond milk and water and it's super rich and yummy!

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In another thread, some other members mentioned that it may be beneficial for us to have a place to check-in with each other and kinda help each other stay on track.
Since the New Year, I think I have lost about 5 lbs or something along that line. I definately need to have that continuing! I found out that my thyroid is underactive (part of the reason why I'm a bit sluggish and having a hard time losing weight) so I am now taking some perscribed meds. They take 6 weeks to kick in, but I'm glad I'm on the right track.
I have continued mainly with my eliptical as well as some toning DVDs. I live in northern rural Canada, and there have been far too many days already where we have been snowed in and unable to leave. Luckilly I always have a lot of fruits and veggies on hand plus good quality pantry staples. I am looking forward to summer when everything melts and my husband and I can go biking and walking.
I hope everyone is doing well now that all of the celebrations have ended...for now! I guess up next is Valentine's Day. I'm slightly concerned about Valentines Day, my birthday, and Easter because they are all virtually made to sell chocolate. Anyone have any ideas as to alternatives to chocolates and/or a fatty delicious meal?

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