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My experience with Kelp Noodles!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Last week when I was grocery shopping I saw something in the organic section at Wegmans called, Kelp noodles. I've been trying to limit my consumptions of breads and pastas so I thought it might be nice to try.

They don't require cooking and you can eat them right out of the bag. So, last night, I finally opened them up and tried them...

Right out of the bag, they are crunchy and have absolutely no taste at all. I mean NO TASTE at all. Of course, it says that on the packaging but I had to see for myself. It's a weird sensation to be eating something that has no taste. This is what they look like in a bowl... it's about 3 ounces of the noodles in this bowl:

These noodles are super low in calories... only 6 calories per 4 ounces!

But, the plan was never to eat them plain... I bought them to try with spaghetti sauce, and that's what I poured over them last night. They just absorb the flavor of whatever you mix them with and they become soft and the crunch disappears. So, if your sauce or broth is good, the noodles will be good. And mine was good! :-)

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LEGALSEC20 3/3/2014 12:52AM

    I really like the kelp noodles. I can only get them on-line as we don't have any place here that carries them. I sometimes cut them and put them into stir fries. I'm trying to limit my carbs and starches also.

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STAY39 2/28/2014 12:46AM

    Wow you are in the zone! Thanks for posting your experience!

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DALID414 2/28/2014 12:28AM

    Sounds like my kinda cookin' emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 2/27/2014 4:15PM

    Definitely have to try to find these!

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PINKBEANBOO 2/27/2014 4:07PM

    Very interesting! If I see them at my store I might have to try them.

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KTTAYLOR21 2/27/2014 3:35PM

    I will give them a try!

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KRISZTA11 2/27/2014 2:33PM

    Sounds amazing...
I have never heard of them, had to find out what kelp is on the internet, and learned it is sea weed. I guess they must be rich in nutrients, other than calories.

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For only the second time in my life...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hello Sparkfriends!!

For only the second time in my life, I have worked out in a gym! The first time was as a guest at my sister's gym a few years ago. But this time, I worked out at MY gym!!

I joined Gold's Gym on Friday and today (Monday) was my first workout!! It was so GREAT! I absolutely loved it!

I never knew how much I was missing out on by not belonging to the gym. I've always been content (or so I thought) to workout on my treadmill in the basement. But, my treadmill hasn't seen any action in a while. I don't know if I was getting bored or not. I just know that I wasn't really using it...for whatever reason.

But, the gym has absolutely EVERYTHING!!! Well, Gold's Gym does. I was like a kid in a candy store. There are so many options!! No excuse to get bored and stop exercising anymore. Variety is VERY motivating!!

I took my mom with me. The reason I joined a gym in the first place was so that we could workout together and motivate each other.

We started out on the recumbent bikes for 20 mins. Then we got on the treadmill for 20 mins. The treadmill goes up to 30% incline!!! What in the world?! I've never heard of such a thing! My treadmill at home only goes up to 10% incline. I waited until the last 10 mins of my workout to test out that 30% incline. Ummmm, yeah, no. I lasted about 3 mins and I was done with that incline. LOL Back to 3% for the remainder of the workout. Our workout was done at this point; but we proceeded to try out the other machines: lateral trainer, elliptical, stairclimber, rowing machine, arc trainer, and something else that I don't even know the name of. LOL We didn't test out any weight machines though... maybe another day. But, sooooooo many options!

I can't wait for my next workout at the gym! I'm so glad I joined!


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CELLO23 2/15/2014 8:14AM

    Hey True-ness! How are you? Have been awol but am getting back in the game. Hope you've had a great 2014 so far emoticon

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STAY39 1/21/2014 12:34PM

    This is awesome! I am so happy for you! I feel the same way about my gym. I love walking in those doors and I also love walking out feeling so accomplished after a great workout. Congratulations on a great decision for your health! It's going to be a great year for you (and your mom)!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/21/2014 12:12PM

    Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. Do you have a schedule worked out so you can keep going together?

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KTTAYLOR21 1/20/2014 10:50PM

    I love the Gym!! And I love Gold's Cinema room!! It's a great thing to workout and watch a movie at the same time!!


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LUVGOODMUZIK 1/20/2014 10:44PM

    Good for you! I spent alot of wasted time avoiding the gym myself and when I did join I would stick to one machine and be out. I just started venturing over to the weight machines Saturday and was all kinds of excited. Let's keep the momentum going!! emoticon emoticon

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    What a great boost to your New Year's commitment to yourself! Wonderful job! emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 1/20/2014 7:02PM

    That's great! Enjoy your gym membership and enjoy exercising with your mom! But watch out for that incline on the treadmill - I have heard that it's not a good idea to do the inclines - hard on the knees. emoticon

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    the gym is my favorite place ever. you'll have your favorite machine that you'll always go to and get pissed when someone else is on it lol. well, maybe that's just me!

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LESLIES537 1/20/2014 2:45PM

    Woohoo!! That's awesome! You're really going to enjoy the variety that the gym has to offer. So excited for you!

I also love that you and your mom are working out together. It's so much better when you have a workout buddy!


p.s. Thanks for checking in on me in my absence! I'm trying to be a better sparkie now and will check-in more often. Take care and good to hear from you!

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Ready for 2014!!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 was not a good year in regard to health and fitness for me. It was miss after miss after miss. But, that was THEN. That was 2013. I'm not even going to spend time writing reflections about it. It's over.

Its 2014!! And, I'm MEGA-excited about it!!!

I'm finally ACTIVELY engaged. I feel the change within me and I'm finally READY for it!!


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BEEWALKING 1/3/2014 2:53PM

    I too am working on getting it right. Let our actions prove us emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 1/3/2014 11:31AM

    Happy New Year, Vanessa! I love the energy you have.
I want to ROCK 2014 with you. emoticon

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STSCOTT11 1/2/2014 1:24PM

    I am excited and excited FOR YOU too.
emoticon Woo hoo for a new year!
Always happy to see another and for all the optimism and hope it ushers in.

For me, last year I counted it as one of preservation. Preserving how far I am come and NOT taking a round trip to the starting line.
I hung on...I can't say I won or wave a checkered flag...yet.
BUT I DID NOT give up.
I consider it all part of MY JOURNEY.
I am not grading it. I just keep moving and only use the time as LESSONS to move forward in the present and future.

Praying you your hearts desire this year...success on the road of healthy living for 2014 and beyond.

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STAY39 1/1/2014 5:50PM

    Sounds good to me! Let's get it done! Let's make 2014 the healthiest year yet! emoticon

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JOYSONG50 1/1/2014 5:41PM

    Well alright now. That's the spirit. Never give up!
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DALID414 1/1/2014 5:02PM

    Happy New Year

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POOKASLUAGH 1/1/2014 2:37PM

    YES YES YES! We are going to DO THIS!

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New Page, New Me, New Beginning...

Monday, October 28, 2013

This blog will be short... like status-update short. LOL It's really just for me to document my reboot.

I am beginning again...

I have updated my page, my ticker, my attitude, my pantry and my fridge.

I won't stop. I won't quit. I won't give up. I won't settle.
I will continue. I will move forward. I will succeed. I will be healthy. I will be happy with ME... in the skin that holds me right now. I will trust the process... I will trust the Lord.

182 LBS - Oct. 27, 2013

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    Beautiful picture!!! emoticon

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LEGALSEC20 10/29/2013 8:38PM

    Go you!! emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 10/29/2013 5:54PM

    Go get em'!

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MYHANDS4GOD 10/29/2013 12:58PM

    That was great!!!!! What a wonderful attitude. Praise God!

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STAY39 10/28/2013 8:33PM

    Love everything about this! You can do this! Perseverance and consistency are the key! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KTTAYLOR21 10/28/2013 4:33PM

    YES!!! Trust the process!! emoticon

I'm with you on all of the above!! (Maybe I should take a picture.. hhmm that's a thought)!

GO YOU!! (BTW...great picture!!)

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POOKASLUAGH 10/28/2013 3:44PM

    You can do it, and btw, just so you know, you still look fantastic!

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I Thought About Deleting My Account

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I seriously thought about deleting my account... actually I'm still thinking about it. I'm not sure I've resolved it in my head yet. The thought is on pause for now.

It's kind of sad and frustrating to see where I started, where I've gotten to and then where I've spiraled down to again... Revisiting the same places is not cool. Not cool at all.

So, I figured, if I'm practically starting over, maybe I should have a fresh new sparkpage... reach out to new friends... keep some of the old ones... post new pictures (which would hopefully show a continuous DOWNward trend... just start everything NEW again.

But, then I thought... this up and down, back and forth, in and out, is what MY journey, UNFORTUNATELY, is about. It's probably, in some way, good for me to see it. I have to hope that it at least helps someone to not feel alone.

I certainly feel alone in this struggle right now. But, I can't possibly be alone. No one ever is. I suspect that most folks who feel like I do right now, probably do exactly what I was considering doing. Maybe they just up and started a new page... one they could feel good about.... one that marked their "new resolve." I don't know.

But, I know that I've had toooo many "new resolves." It just doesn't feel good. I'm tired.

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STSCOTT11 10/28/2013 2:51PM

    Don't delete your account. WHAT would it serve to do that?
If Spark has been a good tool for you to stay on track, monitor and make progress what spite yourself by getting rid of something that helps you?
We all have had points in which we slide back...and some of us have had to start all over...and some of us have had to start even further backwards then when we began. I have done BOTH.
And one thing I learned is not easy. So many things can get in your way IF you allow it. Set aside HOW you feel at this time and KNOW in more time you will be just fine.
FORGIVE YOURSELF...and just find your way back to where you were.
For me I believe I went through THE MOTIONS to get to a weight. I didn't really connect with LIVING A LIFESTYLE. In some cases, I had never went through a particular life experience so living healthy suffered. As time goes on I live and learn.
You have done A GREAT JOB. ...and there is NOTHING holding you back to get right back where you were. NOTHING.
I am cheering you on.
Just so you know...I started at 230. Went over 2 years doing well. Got down to 165 and within less than 6 months was back up to 195. I am back down AGAIN in the 170s. Praise GOD.
Two words...KEEP GOING.

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BABYSTEPZ 10/27/2013 12:45PM

    You're not alone...I'm on day 2 of my own new beginning (AGAIN!)--life has a way of throwing curveballs, and the first place I fall is with my eating. But I will NOT give up!

It doesn't matter how many time you start again--the secret is that you DO start over--it might sound trite, but NEVER give up on anything that is for you, because you're awesome and strong. As long as we stay standing we WILL reach our goals!

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CELLO23 10/27/2013 12:13PM

    Hey Trueness - what a beautiful pic, by the way! Don't take that one down! :)

Looking back at your journey, you've achieved loads, and (like the rest of us) learned loads about fitness, nutrition and your needs/drives etc. That's worth holding onto as inspiration and also as a record of warning points - if not for you, then for us others out there.

Delete or renew the page if it would give you fresh resolve - I can see the attraction of a new start. But maybe try a page makeover before zapping it entirely?

You have always been impressive for your tough regimes and tremendous resolve - that's something I never manage! I'm sure you'll do that again when you choose to commit to it.

You know about the all-or-nothing trap and aren't going to fall into that. Maybe the cycles you see are just a manifestation of that?

Don't know if this helps, but I'm thinking that maybe 'journey' isn't the right metaphor for our health. It's too goal-driven (destination: -10,-20,-30 lbs etc) and suggests that's where our happiness lies. Once we get to goal, everything falls into place... except it doesn't and won't.

Maybe this stops us living in the moment and enjoying what we have? Because we are busy worriting about the perfect future and our up-and-down past.

We all have different triggers and motivations so I can't really suggest what might work for you (you probably have a good idea by now!). But I know that stress throws all good intentions out of the window, so stress is what I'm going to work on.

Maybe thinking about 'balance' instead of 'journey' will help. Being happy with a decent level of health, fitness, roof over head and good people around is perhaps enough to start with, to keep things even. If I start to get stressed, then take a break and not be so hard on myself. As long as I can catch a bus, climb a hill, feel reasonably energetic, then things are fine. Don't need to be a sprinter unless it makes me happy! Don't need to lose 20lbs unless it's really getting me down. This isn't a competition, with ourselves or others.

Sorry - suspect I'm kinda pep-talking myself on your blog!

You are beautiful as you are, right now, whether you zap a blog or not. Enjoy that! And if you want to be around for general kick-ass people and inspiration, great! I for one so appreciate you getting in touch.


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NHES220 10/27/2013 9:42AM

    Sorry that you are struggling, but thank you for putting it out there and not just shutting down your page. I know you want to do this, but you are obviously having a tough time. It is different for everyone and fellow Sparkers have given you great advice, I can only tell you what works for me. I started this journey back in December 2012 and I was eating junk and not exercising at all. I cut out a lot of the carbs - not all - and that cut my cravings for the junk. Then once I started working out - mostly cardio - and saw the progress, I did not want to sabotage myself. Hang in there, keep trying, every day is a new opportunity. Your health is worth it!

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STAY39 10/27/2013 9:13AM

    This journey is a lifelong one and it's easy to get frustrated. Please hang in there and just try to make more good choices than bad,have more good days than bad. You will eventually get to a happier place as long as you don't ever give up. It takes perseverance! I say seek out some new spark friends, it's easy to find people who inspire you here you just have to go looking. Join a new team. Revamp your page. Check out the new start page too if you haven't personalized that. Join a mini challenge. Set a short term goal and focus only on that for now. Find your control of this. You are stronger than you think and you can do it! We are here for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVINSHERRY78 10/27/2013 8:50AM

    i say just revamp it. even though the journey didn't go as you is still yours. no we shouldn't look back and just keep moving forward but i think it's nice to still be able to see what all i went through when i finally do get there :) we love ya no matter what you decide..u gotta do whats best for you.

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1NANA4EVER 10/27/2013 8:44AM

    I agree with everything the others have said. It is definitely your choice as to whether you continue on Sparks or try something new, but, this might just be your subconscious thinking "if I do this then at least I have something in my life I have control over."

Maybe instead of starting over, do a revamp of your page.

I think where we all struggle is that eating is a necessary evil. Which means we can't just ignore food and focus on something else in our lives. We need to deal with food. Unfortunately we are drawn to foods that make us feel good, rather than foods that our bodies burn efficiently as fuel. Those of us who struggle with food addiction, need to be able to still sustain ourselves, but put food in it's proper place.

Do not give up. Think of all you have accomplished. If you had not done the SPARKS thing, where would you be today?


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FERRETLOVER1 10/27/2013 7:42AM

    Starting over is not a bad idea, but DON'T give up your SparkPage or your SparkFriends! You will be sorry if you do. Use the things you have learned during your journey to aid you towards success.

I know what it is to be discouraged, believe me! I've been there too many times during this journey. In fact, right now I am working very hard to get back to my goal weight (I'm a little above it right now). But I took myself to task and re-read my SparkPage to encourage myself.

I have also posted a before and after picture on my new StartPage to encourage me. For some reason, seeing a picture actually "sparks" me when looking in the mirror doesn't seem to do that for me.

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KTTAYLOR21 10/27/2013 3:30AM

    If that's the case I should be have BEEN shut my page down!! You have accomplished ssssooo much!!! Way more that I ever had. You have to get use to idea that this journey is NEVER ENDING!!! emoticon You will have to workout and eat right for the rest of your life emoticon but it is what it is. Don't be hard on yourself. I know its disappointing but that's the journey.

Stay strong!! You have done this already! You can hang with the best of them emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hang in there!!!

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