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This week’s newsletter is on breaking sugar addiction and contains suggested steps for breaking this addiction. This is supplemental material for the newsletter (July 13, 2016) If you are interested in subscribing to my weekly electronic newsletter, please drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Breaking the sugar habit is not an easy one but there are many benefits. Some people quit cold turkey; while others gradually reduce the amount of added sugars, they are eating.
Signs of Addiction (including Sugar)
These include experiencing three or more of the following symptoms (listed at the Mayo Clinic) in any 12-month period:
These are benefits of breaking the sugar habit gathered from many places online and put into this one huge list!
Breaking the addiction will not happen overnight but the benefits will be well worth the time investment it will take!
Happy Birthday America! Today is your 240th birthday! You have been around awhile and many bled and died that you could come into existence and many have bled and died since this to assure your continuation. Thank you to all the men and women who died to protect our freedoms and continued prayers for your safety as you patrol in foreign lands and for your safe return to your families and friends.
While not a theocracy, you have risen to protect those principles that we can worship without fear and without persecution. Lately, it seems those principles have come into question. It is sad when you have come to the point where as you are sitting in worship you think that some crazed gunman could burst through the doors or a suicidal person with an IUD strapped to their chest could shatter the lives of so many. A country where religious freedom seems to have taken a U-turn, and the freedom of speech and tolerance seems to have become a one-way street. A time where our leaders seem to lack character and principles while advocating everything and standing for nothing.
One of our greatest Presidents and leader once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was right then and that remains to be true now more than ever. We must unite as one nation and stand firm against those that do not share the love of our freedoms but would come here to use our freedoms against us.
One reason many of our past generations and ancestors came here were to become Americans, not Italian-Americans, not Israeli-Americans, not Iranian-Americans, not French-Americans, not Polish-Americans, not British-Americans, not German-Americans, not Korean-Americans, not India-Americans, not Thai-Americans, not Mexican-Americans, not Egyptian-Americans, not Japanese-Americans, not Turkish-Americans, not Greek-Americans, not Irish-Americans, not Russian-Americans, not Scottish-Americans, not Spanish-Americans, but just for the opportunity to become an American. Some ancestors did not come here by choice but brought rather by force but chose to stay and be Americans.
I pray that God blesses the United States with new leaders with values, ethics and character to move this country forward and may it continue to be one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all.
July 2, 2016
The upside is that I have maintained my original weight loss goal for two years as of July 5th! My weight has never in my life been this stable. Yay me! HUGE accomplishment for sure! But I still have some mental struggles which is normal I understand. Life is definitely a process/journey and trying to keep a healthy perspective is a challenge! It is so easy to get caught up in the moment that we forget the truly important big picture sometimes. Today as been one of those times for me. Here is why—
This past month’s net gain/loss was +.4 so that is true maintenance! But I hate it! Why do I hate it? I still feel I should be losing every single week which is not the “goal” now but I fight this feeling all the time. I wrote out some of my thoughts today. I think we all struggle with your own thinking a lot on our journey. I have been reading about the thoughts others have resolved about their weight loss and I still have some things I need to resolve.
It is a mental struggle now and I have been trying to become comfortable with the number I see on the scale. This week’s number puts me back where I was when I came back from a ten-day cruise and I had gained six pounds. I am not comfortable with the number I see at all. In the big picture the number today is 75 pounds less than I was 3 years ago, 2.4 pounds less than 2 years ago but 9.6 pounds more than I was a year ago! OUCH!
I had worked extra hard (and lost a bit more on top of my original goal) to hit a specific number before I went to NYC and now I feel I need to hit that number again! I felt so good mentally when I weighed less but my clothes all still fit and I physically feel good BUT I still want to see that number and maintain that number. Obviously, I wasn’t able to maintain that number a year ago without the extra hard work. So why am I expecting the scale to “magically” show me that number this year? I have to put in the work or the number will not show. Am I willing to put in the hard work again knowing I will have to keep working that hard to maintain it?
What happens if I reach that number again?
What happens if I do not reach that number again?
Why do I want to reach that number again?
The bottom line this statement below is the truth and how I SHOULD feel:
I feel I am trying to hang tight to a number and this is causing me issues with my thinking inside. I need to spend more time resolving this inside my head and finding peace one way or the other.