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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Hey fellow sparkers!

SHOCKER - I packed my workout stuff to go to boot camp today at lunch. CRAZY right? LOL So, back to it. And, since I am making up Monday's class today (with the "other" trainer), I'll also be attending my regular class tomorrow. Hello soreness! But it will feel awesome.

I also packed all healthy food today. WHAT? Are things actually coming together? They may be!

The other day I posted my new Tervis Tumbler that I drink from at home. Here's my "work" tumbler! The whole company received them in celebration of the company's 30th anniversary in 2012.

Random food tidbit - I am really enjoying Liberte and Muller Greek yogurts right now. YUM! I actually look forward to them for breakfast.

Like a lot of us, I am trying to eat less processed and artificial foods. One set of making such choices is every day for my coffee. I used to use powdered creamer and Splenda in my coffee. But recently, I'm using a small amount of real (albeit white) sugar and a dash of "real" cream. It obviously tastes better, and I'm only drinking 1 - 2 cups of coffee per day. I think I would have to go with the artificial if my "real" choices were adding a LOT of unnecessary calories to my diet. What do you guys think? Are small amounts of real/natural products healthier than larger amounts of the artificial stuff? I'm thinking so. I also think that butter is "healthier" in the long run than margarine, but eating a significant amount of either means that I am not in control of my eating! LOL Let's just say I had way too many squishy soft white rolls slathered in butter over the holidays I have to be careful about portion control no matter what (often a struggle).
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  • AWOLF24
    Thanks Sheila! I will check there!
    1986 days ago
    If you have a Dollar General in your area, they have boxes of Stevia for $1 each (35 packets) and that is what I use in my coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I used Splenda before but stopped using it when I wanted to go more natural but didn't want the calories of sugar.
    1987 days ago
    just a splash of half and half for me...and only 1 - 2 cups so I know that is not where my extra calories are coming from. Great job today!
    1987 days ago
    Yay for your momentum!! And soon it will be a habit and just a part of your day :) So proud of you! I'm on day #3 of being on track...and loving it!!
    1987 days ago
  • AWOLF24
    I usually drink my coffee at work and they supply half and half, flavored liquid creamers and powdered creamer, and then Splenda and granulated sugar. Stevia sounds like a fantastic idea - I just wish it wasn't so expensive. At home on the weekends I just do skim milk and a packet of Splenda for just one cup and that's all I have, if I drink it at all.

    I went to boot camp and WOW IT WAS HARD! So glad I did it though, and so glad I got in my exercise for today and it is DONE. Well, DONE until 11:30 a.m. tomorrow for boot camp class #2. THAT will be interesting. LOL emoticon

    Oh, and I just finished tumbler #3 of water and feel like I'm floating away....ha ha ha ha Many restroom breaks today!
    1987 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/9/2013 2:56:57 PM
    Way to Go packing your stuff for Bootcamp!!!

    Do you drink your coffee at home or at work? Are your choices limited? Personally I love half and half and sugar in mine but I don't buy half and half, I just use the 1% milk I buy for cereal etc. And I use real sugar, but I bought sugar cubes and limit myself to one. I have even cut the milk/cream from my tea most of the time and just add one sugar cube? Just some ideas?

    1987 days ago
    If you're looking for a low-cal more natural sugar, if you haven't tried stevia, I would give it a shot. It doesn't taste "aspertane-like" and it's 0 cals.
    1987 days ago
    Good job on the bootcamp!!
    1987 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Less processed foods will make you feel so much better in the long run. Keep up the good work.
    1987 days ago
    Hey you're really on the ball today! I'm totally on the side of natural being better than artificial. Enjoy the tastier coffee drinks :)
    1987 days ago
  • TWINSMOM0429
    Portion control is always a struggle with me. For my coffee, I use 2% milk and about a half packet of Sweet N low. Once I learned about the flavored creamers, I stopped them.
    Good job on bootcamp and great job on packing your food. Today I have a salad I brought from home and Special K cracker chips. Every little bit helps. Keep up the good work.
    1987 days ago
    emoticon on getting your stuff packed for boot camp! Makes it easier to go when you can't use the "but I didn't pack my stuff today" excuse. emoticon Drinking water is soooo much easier when you can use a fun cup. That's awesome that your employer gave those to you guys.

    I think that it's a great idea to use the real sugar, even if it is white, vs the splenda. I might just have to do the same in my coffee. As for the cream, are you using half & half or the heavy whipping cream? Do you measure your cream & sugar? I've been using half & half, plus sugar free french vanilla coffee syrup, plus one packet of splenda but I'd really like to change that up.

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    1987 days ago
  • WINDEE52
    I hear you on the artificial sweeteners! I gave them up the day after Christmas and my IBS has totally settled down! I've been adding tea bags into my coffee lately. It adds tons of flavor without any sugar (mind you, I still use 1/2 tsp real sugar, but it's better than Splenda!). You're doing awesome so far, keep it up! I heard it takes about 2 weeks of doing something for it to become a habit. Have a great day!
    1987 days ago
    Portion control is huge for me. I am a carb-o-holic!!

    I like your work tumbler much better! ;-)

    Way to go on packing your stuff for boot camp at lunch!! Have a great day!!
    1987 days ago
  • A*L*P*
    Ah my morning coffee is not something I am willling to part with and like you, I just just a tad bit of real cream and (OMG) white sugar, too. Tastes so much better. I am a recovering CoffeeMate Hazelnut creamer addict. I tried the stuff not too long ago and I about gagged, lol!

    You sound so positive, like you're really doing good and feeling good. Keep it up, chica!!
    1987 days ago
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