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My brother and me right after I had my son. 23 years old. 125 pounds.

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My husband and me when we got married. 33 years old. 160 pounds.

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My "before" photo. 49 years old. 204 pounds.

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"There is no such thing as false hope."

As of July 21, 2010, I am a non-small cell cancer Stage IV survivor. That is because I have finished all the treatments and am awaiting a test to see if they killed it all.

In the meantime, I want to eat organic, fresh fruits and vegetables that will help me fight any cancer that wants to stick around.

New Mind Exercises (from my Aunt Evelyn):
PUSH yourself away from the dining table.
BAG the 2nd helping.
CLOSE the kitchen after supper.
JUMP at the chance to use the stairs.
WALK past the Donut Shop.
STUFF the impulse to supersize your order.
PACK half your restaurant meal and take it home.
LOSE the remote to the television.

I just learned about this for when I am sidetracked:
Stop what you are doing
Drop the food that is heading to the mouth and
Roll away from the temptations

'Think Before You Eat x 3 Rule' (thanks to the Diet Detective) – before you put any food in your mouth, take three seconds to ask yourself three questions: "Am I really hungry?"
"Does this item have nutritional value?"
"Is this food splurge-worthy?" Be certain that any extra calories are worth the extra time it will take to burn them off!

A Dieter's Prayer (thanks WANT2LOSEITNOW!)
Lord, my soul is ripped with riot
incited by my wicked diet.

"We Are What We Eat," said a wise old man!
Lord, if that's true, I'm a garbage can.
To rise on Judgment Day, it's plain!
With my present weight, I'll need a crane.

So grant me strength, that I may not fall
into the clutches of cholesterol.
May my flesh with carrot-curls be dated,
that my soul may be poly unsaturated

And show me the light, that I may bear witness
to the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
And at oleo margarine I'll never mutter,
for the road to Hell is spread with butter.

And cream is cursed; and cake is awful;
and Satan is hiding in every waffle.
Mephistopheles lurks in provolone;
the Devil is in each slice of baloney,

Beelzebub is a chocolate drop,
and Lucifer is a lollipop.
Give me this day my daily slice
Cut it thin and toast it twice.

I beg upon my dimpled knees,
deliver me from jujube's.
And when my days of trial are done,
and my war with malted milk is won,
Let me stand with Heavenly throng,
In a shining robe -- size 30 long.
I can do it Lord, if you'll show to me,
the virtues of lettuce and celery.

Teach me the evil of mayonnaise,
And of pasta a la Milanese
and crisp-fried chicken from the South.
Lord, if you love me, shut my mouth.

Member Since: 1/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 6,289

My Goals:
* Lose 65 pounds.
* Run a marathon (again).
* Teach elementary school.

My Program:
* I do water aerobics for 50 minutes 3 times a week.
* I water run 50 minutes 3 times a week
* I stretch for 30 minutes 7 days a week.
*I am eating a vegetarian diet.

Personal Information:
Very proud wife & mom.
Desert Storm (and Navy) veteran.
Literacy volunteer.
Studying to be an elementary school teacher.

Other Information:
Favorite TV shows:
Mad Men
Burn Notice
In Plain Sight
Law & Order (Except SVU)

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  • v no profile image ASH72461
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    Hello DIGRISS,

    Welcome to the No Artificial Sweeteners Team! Please join us on the chat thread so we can get to know you, and introduce yourself in the New to Team Forum. We love birthdays, so please let us know yours on the birthday thread.

    Some of our diabetic team members cannot have "healthy sugars", so we also share and research alternative sweeteners on this team, attempting to find the healthiest and least artificial amid the bewildering array of sweeteners and the maze of information. We go through them one by one and post threads and articles. There are alot of threads discussing different sweeteners just waiting for you to peruse them. So read, read, read!

    We want to spread the word about the dangers of aspartame, aka AminoSweet, Equal, NutraSweet, Spoonful, and liquid stevia that is mixed with aspartame. There is the unlabeled use aspartame in processed foods, children's vitamins, prescription & OTC medication, gum & mints, Tylenol, milk, Mars candy bars, and I could go on and on since it's now in over 9,000 products. Hints aspartame is in a product, even if unlabeled, are PKU on the label, and 'natural flavors' in the ingredients list (natural flavors may or may not be aspartame and/or MSG). You also need to ask your pharmacist about "inactive ingredients" in medications. If you don't ask you won't know that you're ingesting aspartame, neotame, sorbitol, etc. A new scary twist by food manufacturers is to combine several sweeteners together in one processed food, beverage, or medication - like neotame with stevia with mannitol; and the addition of unlabeled aspartame into thousands of NOT diet food products.

    Three of the 92 symptoms on the FDA's list for aspartame poisoning are Weight Gain, Increased Hunger, and Death. We can save lives by spreading the word about aspartame! The FDA declined to release the list of 92 symptoms publicly, so it had to be obtained through filing a FOIFA request (freedom of information act).

    We're glad to have you join us, welcome! Carol

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