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Another thing to omit out of my diet for now

Monday, June 04, 2012

I have a running list of things that make me feel like crap...things that I LOOOOVE (or loved)'s a list that has taken years to compile with knowing what foods make me feel good and what make me feel sick (literally in some cases). It took me about 5 years to figure this out...and maybe it's something to write here because will make others rethink about how their food choices are making them feel.

Here we go - starting at the very worst "make me feel real sick" food to the lesser ones:
emoticon Ice cream (this landed me in the hospital with a cloged bile duct...and no I am NOT lactose intolerant and I used to eat it all the time)
emoticon Cheesecake (such a bummer when I discovered this one)
emoticon Chocolate in large amounts
emoticon emoticon emoticon Baked goods - certain ones with icing..let's say ICING as more of the culprit here...forget butter cream!
emoticon well, not really shrimp...but LOBSTER!!! I used to love lobster dripping in butter...maybe it was the butter, but I can't have one without the it's on my "eat at your own risk" list now.
emoticon Steak at a fancy thank you.
emoticon Pancakes with syrup...there better be a bathroom that TMI??? Same with hubby....weird.

So now to the latest thing - Kielbasa!! Hot Dogs! and certain sausages! we have these things once a's an easy thing to get and throw on the grill....the kids eat them too....BUT it makes my legs feel funny (I think) and I think it's all the nitrates and salt in the products. Too strange of a coincidence to not try and lay off of them for a while to see if the legs feel better. I've noticed it before, but never really put the 2 together until the last 2 weekends.

So now, I am vitamined and hydrating....laying off the salt, and the caffeine a bit too (gotta have my morning coffee still) and reassessing the weekly menu to get rid of our "easy meal" of kielbasa and pierogies...and steering clear of the hotdogs at the next few scout functions and family BBQs.

Between that and moving my legs should be feeling right as rain in a few days and if not in 2 weeks time, I will go get it checked out with the doc. (why 2 weeks?? it is something my grandmother used to say...and most of the time, she was right - most things, if minor, resolve themselves in 2 it's just something I do now) 2 weeks is also how long it takes for my body to come back to normal after a weekend of excessive eating/ detox period, so to speak.

So that is that...maybe it will get you thinking about your own foods and how they affect you!!

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THETROUT 7/27/2012 9:25PM

    Yes, I'm catching on. Processed foods in large quantities make me tired. I mean most of a meal needs to be straight. One or two things are ok, but that's it.

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SUZYWM 6/6/2012 10:07PM

    This makes so much sense! I've been trying to pay attention, because I feel like crap when I eat sweets. Achy, completely fatigued, puffy as all get out. But I just reach for it once in awhile anyway, just to make sure (ha!).

Hoping eating better just makes you feel great!

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ANNIEONLI 6/5/2012 7:15AM

    Hey guys..totally not a gllabladder problem..because I got rid of it iin 1998! LoL It's just the way I digest things...whatever you name it, it's not goin to change anything! ROFL I'm better off because now I don't consume the high calorie things. I also sound hypoglycemic if you read articles/desriptions about that as well. Meh...just what ya gotta do to live a healthy life and not feel like garbage!

ON an UP UP UP note: I get to go food shopping today!!!!!!! WOOHOO!! So excited! This place is SO lacking in everything I can eat and not worry about feeling icky! Can't wait!!!

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DWEXCEL 6/5/2012 6:28AM

    I agree with Oakborn, here. The first thing I thought was a high FAT content. Just be careful, still go to the Dr. Could even be a gallblader problem.

Take care,

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OAKSHAVEN 6/4/2012 7:32PM

    Garlic does it to me every time. I have no intention of giving it up, but I do make sure I have no plans that would take me far from a bathroom when I indulge.

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OAKBORN 6/4/2012 7:02PM

    Hey girl, I am seeing perhaps a sensitivity to fats and carbs, especially ones high in simple sugars?

My mother in law and daughter both have dumping syndrome... if they eat too much sugary stuff, they both get the green apple two step. Basically the sugar hits their small intestines and draws in lots of water as it tries to seek balance and then O-U-T it G-O-E-S... ooooppppsss.

Sorry you have to avoid so much of the fun stuff, but good that you are paying attention to your diet and figuring out what works for you.

Hugs from MO! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 6/4/2012 3:46PM

    That totally sucks about the ice cream. And I couldn't agree more on the lobster & frosting. Although, I had some lobster mixed with pasta & low fat mayo and it was pretty tasty. Course, not eating lobster & steak will help out the old pocket book!!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/4/2012 2:40PM

    good for you for listening to your body. But dang, some of those are my faves!!!

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BEATLETOT 6/4/2012 10:54AM

    Hmm, interesting. I've always prided myself on a stomach of steel, especially when I went to Peru for the first time, and my MIL and boyfriend (at the time) kept saying I shouldn't eat certain things or do certain things because they'd make me sick. I'd eat or do them anyway, and my husband was the one feeling ill!

I'm sure if I were more in-tune with my body, I would notice that certain things (and not just "in excess") don't make me feel well.

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Negative people stink

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Every time I hear "ugh, this just isn't going to work." well, frankly, it drives me nuts.

Why not?? Why won't it work? Who says???

I get the whole "I don't wanna be here - this (insert occassion - like a birthday party you'd rather skip) is going to stink"...I admittingly have been the Queen of the party poopers on MANY occassions!

But seriously, when it comes to trying or thinking something new, I can be really upbeat and positive and JAZZED about it!!! and then...other people's negative garbage starts in and I become really annoyed that they burst my positive bubble, especially with those that play "Devil's Advocate" emoticon You know what? Go screw. Leave me alone...leave my positive energy alone because I am tired of being beaten down and having my voice and ideas belittled. There - I said it.

And makes ME negative and grumpy....and sometimes, it is hard to fight against and then I reaaally get in the dumps.

Yup - it's totally someone else's fault.

Nope...not my fault. THEY made me negative.

Fighting a negative is a really hard thing to do. Staying UPBEAT is a battle in and of itself sometimes, especially when others around you are in a constant black hole because of their own issues and you are there dealing and forcing your mouth to stay shut so you don't make more of an issue at hand (the whole mountain out of a molehill expression comes to mind)...because what would a fight about this little thing do?

Well...there is a difference between shutting up & putting up and taking back respect from an individual that is unintentionally bringing you down by actually speaking's just a matter of picking your battles, in many cases.

So that being said....this little bit of blog therapy is done for me....I am determined to remain positive and smiling as much as I I always do, because let's face is too short and this too shall pass. Who knows, maybe a time will come to actually say something without losing my cool and without making a mountain out of a molehill.

Hmmm....maybe I'm being uber-super-sensitive...there is a full moon coming down the pike for Monday! oooOOOEEEEooooooo!!! emoticon

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02SERENE 6/5/2012 3:01AM

    Your blog about negativity explains a lot about negative people.

I think it is from some negative people in my life that I picked up negative self talk and now it is a battle to create a new way of "positive self talk".

You neglected to mention the naysayers that appear out of nowhere when they are jealous of success, and find ways to "belittle" when they see a "Change has occurred". I can really relate to your writing in this blog.

I myself am writing in my blogs in a roundabout way dealing with this same issue. Feel free to visit my sparkpage sometime, to see.

I am only starting with making itsy bitsy changes so I can stay consistent. You sound like you are on the right track. And your past success can attest that you have made changes that lead to success. Yay!!! Pat yourself on the back for that.

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ANNIEONLI 5/31/2012 6:52AM

    Thanks for that book reccommendation Donna - I am going to check it out....honestly it sounds like how I DO live most of the time, except that during some parts of the month, that it happens to clash directly with other things all at once (because of COURSE everything goes on at the same time, why would it ever be spread out nicey nice so we could actually enjoy each thing?!?! LoL) That is when I seem overly sensitive & super annoyed with those negative people!!! Does that even make any sense?!?!? ROFL

I just read my horrorscope for the said to pick my battles because not everything is worth getting upset over. So Pisces!!! LoL

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DWEXCEL 5/31/2012 6:39AM

    Whew!!!! I know you feel better, just getting that out of your system. I know exactly what you are saying. This too, is something I struggle with, and I constantly deal with it by, avoidance, and not having any confrontation, and keeping it all inside. That's not working too well for me.

I am reading this wonderful book called "Crucial Conversations", and one thing I have learned is that we do blame other people, when it fact, it is how we choose to interpret, or hear what they say to us. It really comes down to our choice. So we have to say, No, I choose to not let that get to me or bother me. It's hard to do, especially, after 53 years of letting it eat me up, but, when I think about it, I think I will be able to say, (even if its to myself), No I'm not going to let you get to me or bring me down.

You're such an upbeat, positive person! But you are human, and we all go through this sometimes. Hope this helps.

Love to you, my Sista!

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Do me proud

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This is for all my new friend adds out there:

Do me a favor...make me proud.

Do this for you....track your food, read and learn, drink your this for you...and make me proud.

I am here all the time...I'm not a fly by night Sparker...I am here...all. the. time.

Read my page...learn that this is a lifetime thing....and then, Do. me. proud.

A lot of people will try and re-try and trust me - I have been there and I have done that...and if you are reading this - most likely you have been there and done that too...and probably for the billionth time too.

Here is the one thing that I want you to know - it doesn't matter how many times you matters that you care enough about yourself to keep trying and one of these times, you will "get it" and it will all click.

In the meantime...if you can't do it for anyone else in this it for me.

I have faith in you.

I have faith that under all the issues (and we all have them - or else we wouldn't be here) - there is someone WORTH doing this for. Look in that mirror and know that out cyberspace... is someone who gets it and gives a damn....and I am it.

So do me proud.

Do this for me.

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DWEXCEL 5/25/2012 6:56AM

    As one of your "old" Spark Friends, I would like to add to that...

.Take her at her word, and Take her up on it! She is amazing! She is always there for you! She has wonderful advice and tips and suggestions, and is a wealth of knowlege. She knows. She's been there herself. And the Best Part, is she's a Terriffic Maintainer! You can't go wrong.

I'm back home, and back in action, allbeit, limited action. I reduced all my dumbbells to 5 lbs (which for me feels like nothing), but after being on the "injured Reserve" list for a few weeks, I figured it would be a good place to start, to get the habit re-established, and I upped the cardio, because my legs don't hurt. And, believe it or not, I'm 149-150.

Anyway, loved your blog, and Love you! You have always been in my corner, and I just wanted other sparkers to know they CAN REALLY COUNT ON YOU!

You at the Best!
Love, Donna emoticon emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 5/24/2012 1:28AM

    With this blog you've done us proud! I'm proud to be part of a community with caring and thoughtful people like you. Thank you for not being a fly by night Sparker. We all need your experience, your advice and your inspirational example!

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BEATLETOT 5/23/2012 6:10PM

    I think this is just such a sweet blog. I'm clicking "I Liked This" so that others can read it and make you proud, too!


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A blip on the radar

Monday, May 21, 2012

A flash in the pan.

A wrinkle in time.

This too shall pass.

Can't say that I'm all that happy with being in the top portion of my I actually vocalized it on Saturday to my husband.

Quick backstory: I listen to him talk about everything weightloss related since he is on maintenance too...and is going through his own exercise slump...and he's doing great....but for some reason, whenever I mention my own weightloss world, he turns the conversation to him...and then I just shut up and let him talk....mainly because I guess he needs to talk about it more than me, and that is OK....but....

On Saturday, in front of my closet...picking out clothes for work....he walked in and I just said this: "I'm not in a good place right now - I haven't seen that number on the scale in god-knows-when - I'm being more active than ever, and yet I feel ginormous. So please don't talk to me about where you are at right now, I just do not want to hear it."

And that was that. I went back to my closet and picked out oh-so-flaterring white scrub pants and a t-shirt to go under my scrub jacket. Loose fitting nonsense clothes...I'd figure out the rest later in the afternoon.

Here's the's not like nothing fits. Hardly the case. Things fit, just not the way I am used to them fitting in the last 2 weeks. They are a oh so slightly snug - which means I'd better get focused on getting back control. and let's face it, mostly...I'm mental. I'm thinking it is really wors than it is, when really, it really is nothing that a few days of rigorous nutrition and exercise tracking can't handle....but just gets so damn tiring to keep going on and on like this, day after day after day.

But then again....that's life...right? right.

So I logged everything, as usual, that morning after toast, and he came up to me and kissed me - looked me dead in the eye and said "Don't get discouraged, you are doing great, it's just a little blip." Another kiss and a hug and I was off to work.

It was nice to be heard (beside here on Spark - LoL) - It's hard keeping things on an even keel sometimes when all you want to do is scream "ENOUGH already!!!!" and that can go for ANYthing in life. is just nice to be heard.

Anyway...just giving you a peak into my head right now. Honestly today is a strange "I don't feel like eating" day - these are rare in my world....usually I am eating every 2 or 3 hours! Maybe it's my body giving my brain a rest from thinking about food all the time. What a nice gift! Thank you body! LoL

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Later 'gater!

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REBECCATKD 5/21/2012 8:27PM

    Good to be heard! Cheers to your hubby for giving you the support you needed instead of his own update. (Sometimes we ladies just need a boost, hey?) Keep plugging away -- it's all worth it!

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Up & Down & Steady

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ahh.....the scale has been doing that so much this week....and if I were in any other place other than Maintenance, I'd be upset....but this is what Maintenance get a range of 5 pounds and that is your goal - to stay in that range.

I will not lie though....when I read 134.4 on the scale today, I was less than pleased, but then I contracted my abs and loved my sore upper body and I knew that this is part of the game. Working out, leads to some fluid retention when one's body is healing itself...and that next week, The Scale might/will say something different.

I also have to remember that I mowed the lawn in an hour yesterday - a lawn that in the past has taken me 90 minutes to cut!!! So BOOYAAH!! More healing going on....and I am getting a tush where the was none there IS some muscle building going on as well....I think.

So anyway, I have this bridesmaid dress that I wore last year for my sister's wedding...and May 7th was their 1 year anniversary, so I tried it on - and it was more snug than I liked, and I was at 132 that day. For fun, I tried it on today and it zipped up even better than on the 7th.

Why am I telling you this, part of it is for me to now wig-out about being in my higher range (please, you think I am all calm?? LOL - NOT!) and part of it is to focus on our NON-scale victories.

That a non-scale victory guage of mine. Next year, I will still fit in it. Vowed that a year ago, and here I am...still fitting in it.

Little things like this are what matter....if you have been struggling, and not going anywhere on that scale, well, take a step back and look at what you ARE doing and what other progress you have made:
- maybe you couldn't walk for 20 minutes straight at a 2.5 mph - 3 weeks ago, and now you can!
- maybe you couldn't run for a minute straight - and now you are up to 3 minutes of running!
- maybe you were binge eating - and now you are making progress on cutting back!

Understand that this takes time...and patience really is a virtue when changing your lifestyle. Patience to be kind to yourself when you are in the middle of beating your self-esteem to a pulp. Patience to think and rethink choices over, over and over again....and knowing that one day, all of your patience will have not been for naught.

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OAKSHAVEN 5/19/2012 11:11AM

    My scale isn't moving either, and I am NOT on maintenance. Thanks for the perspective. Encouragement is always appreciated.

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OAKBORN 5/18/2012 10:40PM

    You are always so wise, sensei! I always love your blogs... and especially ones that hit home so precisely, like this one. I also find that when the scale's not moving, my body sometimes does.

The journey never really ends, even if you have reach goal... it's a daily up and down battle.

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