Friday, September 26, 2014
I was read a blog, Forks and Beans, and was learning about the different substitutions to make for vegan baking. Great guide, very informative for what to use for dairy, egg and gluten-free flours. When I came to the guide for the sugar alternatives comment section, someone mentioned this product, Just like Sugar.
"Just Like Sugar® is a 100% natural sweetener made from only the purest of ingredients. Just Like Sugar® mimics the attributes of regular cane or beet sugar in every way without any of the negatives from sugars on the market today.
Unlike other natural sweetener products in markets today, which have a characteristic intense sweet and bitter licorice after taste, Just Like Sugar® has a proprietary formulation which tastes clean, smooth and sweet. It does not leave an after taste. “You need to try it to believe it!”
Just Like Sugar® comprises a perfect blend of Chicory Root, Calcium, and all Natural Flavors from the peel of the Orange.
It does not contain any soy, yeast, animal derivatives, No “MSG”, No L-Glutamic Acid, No D-Glutamic Acid, No Aspartic Acid or preservatives; it is not fermentable and will not promote tooth decay.
Just Like Sugar® is a natural alternative to harmful artificial sweeteners and will change the way you believe all natural sweetener products taste." [end quote]
This seems like a dream come true, has anyone tried this?
Saturday, September 06, 2014
It seems like it has been a while since I last posted a blog and as I am typing I am watching an episode of Heavy. It is causing me to reevaluate what do I really want in terms of health and fitness. I definitely know that I am in control of what I put into my mouth, but I keep eating things that are not good for me.
On this particular episode the female was talking about how she felt like she had no control in her life except for the food she ate. Yet, she was eating the foods that were causing her health issues. So, if you can control what you eat, then why eat the things that cause you to be miserable? That is what I ask myself over and over.
Philosophy for personal training: first find out what motivates that person. What is truly motivating that goal?
My notes from the show:
*Eliminate the distractions.
*Pair up, buddy system
*Push self past where feel cannot go any further. Relief when finished, said can do enough. Did I do it hard enough? Long enough?
*Turn around the self pity, stop whining and complaining because your negative thoughts were keep you from achieving your goals
*When I do succeed, it does not change how I feel inside; need to get over the negative thoughts. Reprogram brain, unplug guilt, fear, and disappointment and plug in perseverance, ability and control of self. As long as head is in the right place the body will follow.
*Pay attention to portion sizes
*Notice what you have accomplished
*When you see and feel results, you realize that there is a healthy fit person that is waiting to come out.
*Lifestyle change, be prepared to live in the real world.
*Use the tools given to you whenever you are faced situations that you find difficult
*Reevaluate relationships, who is supportive of your efforts? Does "guilting" your buddy motivate or sabotage?
*Rehabilitate the mind.
*Are the distractions bringing you down and keeping you from achieving your goal? What are you going to do about it?
*Motivation, feeling a sense of empowerment. Set self up for success, plan and prepare
*You can let tragedy consume you, or decide what you can do to change it
*Beginning of where I want to be, it is going to be a journey and will take time to achieve that ultimate goal
*Emotions, some days are better than others
*Good to see rewards for all the hard work
*Every one has the opportunity to make own decisions
*Challenges to move forward; it is a struggle but you have to do it even if you don't want to. Use the tools provided and make that lifestyle change.
*Harder now that the initial part of journey has passed, need to keep moving forward
*Smiles at seeing the successes! Hoping they stay with it. It is a process and need to stick with it because there is a future
*It helps when you have an accountability to someone else; a real friend will tell you that you are slacking off and need to get back with it.
*Thinking back on the first days is what keeps me going
*Advice, you need a whole tribe of people to give you support in every aspect of life: family, friends, and co-workers.
*It is worth the struggle.
My final thoughts: What an inspiring show and such a difference from the Biggest Loser. 'Heavy' has a realistic weight loss (only 30 pounds in 30 days in the controlled environment) and the trainers are shown as being supportive and encouraging. I loved seeing the male trainer's joy at the Tom's final weigh-in.
This episode actually had little tidbits that I feel are useful in my journey to being fit and healthy. I really like the "Everyone has the ability to make their own decisions." Any choice I make is mine and mine alone, even if someone suggests something, it is I who will make the final decision as to whether I do that or not.
Another thing that I realized is when they showed the female, Jody, eating a pint of ice cream because she felt that she had no control over her life, but the one thing she could control was what she ate; I thought, "then why aren't you eating something that is health supporting? Eating junk will only make you feel worse."
That is something I am trying to figure out for myself. If I, and I alone, control what I eat, then why do I keep eating the stuff I know I should not be eating? I have yet to come up with a good answer to that question. It is like getting upset with some one and then thinking that I will show them and then engage in an activity that is harmful to only me. Where is the logic in that? It is silly.
So, the main thing I am taking away from this show is that I need to remain focused on my reason for getting the junk out of my diet and remain focused on doing the right things to help me achieve the goals I have set for myself.
It won't be easy, but then if it were I wouldn't be posting this blog. ;-)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
My granddaughter, daughter, and I ran a 5k on Saturday and both my granddaughter and I took home a medal for 1st in our age division. But when I looked at the times, I saw I was the only one in my age group.
It was not my best time, but it was not my worst. 33:29
I am having some issues with my feet and am coming to the realization that I may need to take some time off and recover. The bottom of my feet hurt at times.
I really do not want to have to stop running because I really enjoy the "me" time. I need the "me" time and when I go for a run, no one bothers me, no one asks me to do things for them. It is just me on the road and no one else.
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