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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 31

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Busy day today. I had 4 appmts with clients and was on the go. Only 1 appmt was of any length, the other three were deliveries, and a go by. I ate my cereal for breakfast and packed a lunch of an apple, 2 cheese sticks and a fiber-one energy bar. And water. I really needed it after I left the first appmt and then went on to the other three. At the end, I managed to fall down the client's front steps and hit my head on the pavement after bruising myself. I was glad to get home. I didn't do too badly eating wise. Not much else to say except I'm taking it easy tonight. Until tomorrow.

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    Oh my goodness, Carol!!! I hope you are okay. That fall sounds frightening! emoticon

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SGKAYLOR 1/26/2010 11:11PM

    Ouch, feel better!!

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IMALSR4GOOD 1/26/2010 8:43PM

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I hope your head feels ok. What a success on such a busy day to eat so good. Way to go! Good Luck on your journey!

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/26/2010 7:13PM

    Wow! That was quite the day! I hope you do take it easy this evening. I fall a lot and have fears of doing serious damage some day! You had a good day with your eating - I'll bet your calories are low today.

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 30

Monday, January 25, 2010


One month today being on Spark and blogging. I lost a pound this morning I think which is a total of 3 lbs and maybe more because I probably didn't have an accurate read to start with. And my scale is so iffy.

I would say the thing that helped me the most has been the nutrition tracker. Knowing and recording what you eat is so important. What is amazing, is that when you think you have blown it and had a bad day, if you record your food, you might find out it was only a bump in the road. I like the graphs and I want to see straighter lines, no up and down drastically.

Last night I even did a 10 min exercise while watching TV and this morning I had a meeting and motivational talk and I am inspired to work my business. Yea. I needed that. So I am not staying long as time is awasting but I'll be back.

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    Yay, Carol!!! This is so encouraging to hear. We're having our first sunny day in a while and my chest cold is gone! I'm bouncing back (knitting up a storm) and ready for my ooomph for leaf-raking and bread-making to return. Will give the yard one day to drain a little so it won't be muddy.

Decorate beautifully! I know you do! Sure wish I had $$$ to hire you to do my home. Who knows, maybe in a few years when my two sons have moved out, I will! Then you would need to make a trek to Historic Fredericksburg, VA. (In the meantime, my favorite grease-monkey (22-year-old son) can't quite help himself when it comes to spreading dirt, and I love him just the way he is!) emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/25/2010 2:57PM

    You're Sparking Now!

Congrats on the loss - and it was fun along the way, I hope!

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AFIFE0878 1/25/2010 2:15PM

    Congrats to you. Keep it up.

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ALEXIAAG 1/25/2010 1:06PM

    You are doing great! Fitting in exercise is the key!

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MNNURSEKATIE 1/25/2010 1:00PM

    That's great. Doesn't it feel awesome to be so motivated? It is amazing how easy it is to fit in 10 minutes of exercise here & there. I too LOVE the nutrition trackers. SP trackers are one of the best I have found. Plus I can use it on my mobile to track what I eat at work. emoticon

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 29

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Okay, I weighed this morning and no change but that is a good thing and I know that my body is working on itself and something will happen soon. I think I am getting the hang of the nutrition end of this. By tracking my food and running the report, I see where my calories are coming from. Even more important, I can see where I am lacking in nutrients and where I need to change what I eat. I added fiber to the tracker and this will be interesting to make sure I am getting at least 25 grams a day. I think I am but I have digestive problems so maybe I need to up that part.

For breakfast, we had french toast because we didn't have enough milk for cereal. So I tracked everything separately, 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 egg, and 1/4 c milk for each serving and syrup. And then 4 oz glass of orange juice. A fairly balanced meal. Now for lunch, where I may have gone for a sandwich, I know I need to get in some vegetables so I'll forgo bread or potato and have veggies and leftover meatloaf. I think I am getting the hang of this.

I printed out the list of Over 100 Super Foods for a Super You to post on my fridge. Way at the bottom, under miscellaneous is dark chocolate. Whoo Hoo! I had a godiva dark chocolate bar left over from Christmas and I break off one or two squares to suck on after dinner if I need a sweet. The serving size says 4 squares and I wouldn't even want that much so the calorie count is reasonable and it is satisfying. Today at church, I bought the last dark chocolate, fruit and nut bar they had from Fair Exchange Foods. It has currants and almonds in it and I know that one or two small squares of it will do the trick to cover the sweet craving.

Now, to exercise. I put that on hold this month because I just had too many other things on my plate. Yesterday I walked almost 4 miles with my friend Pat. Next Saturday, there is a 5K race with our local track club and I think I will enter it. I can do it but it does cost $25 which is a lot. I suppose I could just walk and not pay but it seems so tacky, especially since it is at a church. And this afternoon, I am going to clear a space and try to do at least one or two 10 min exercises.

I think I've come back from the meltdown I had on Thursday after going off of one of my medications, with docs help of course. But you do have withdrawal symptoms, even if you do it slowly. I'm feeling much better mentally and maybe I can accomplish something business wise this week.

Until tomorrow!

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/24/2010 6:16PM

    I am so proud of you! As I was reading your blog, I kept thinking "She gets It!" You are absorbing all you have been reading and it shows! You feel better with eating better and getting some exercise in. The scale will show it soon. In the mean time, keep up the great job!

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SGKAYLOR 1/24/2010 5:17PM

    Glad to hear things are getting better for you!

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4DOGNIGHT 1/24/2010 5:06PM

    Thanks Friends! Yes, and I feel like I am on my way. I feel thinner even though it doesn't show on the scale. I've been through too many diets and I know that this happens, especially when you are actually eating enough food. Carol

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    Yay, Carol!!! That's the way to look at nutrition! I'm finding that when I get enough of all categories (esp. protein), I don't have cravings. It is very helpful to run a report for the week as a whole, too, and it helps reveal areas that are consistently high or consistently low. I had consistently low protein (and cravings), so I worked harder at making it a point to eat more lean protein. It made my cravings subside signficantly. Yes for dark chocolate!!! It is a heart-healthy food, and I agree, it doesn't take a lot to satisfy.

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/24/2010 4:33PM

    Sounds like you are getting things lined up for you and figuring out what works for you. Good sparking. Keep up the fabulous job.

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YELLOWBIRD01 1/24/2010 12:30PM

    Sounds like you have a good handle on it!!! You are taking it a day at a time, which is the best way to do anything! It also sounded like you know you had too much on your calendar and didn't add something else to stress you out!! Sounds like you are doing great!!!!

Keep up the wonderful work!! Our journey starts with one step, looks like you are on your way!!

God Bless,

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 28

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I'm feeling better today. I think I might make it through withdrawal from meds this time. I don't like it though. Today Pat and I scheduled a 3 mile walk at 9:00 a.m. this morning. She starts at her house and I start at mine and we meet and continue a 3 mile walk. We had it on a schedule of 3 days a week but last year, that schedule waivered. We've committed to starting on Feb 1 with a schedule that we can keep. Much depends on the weather. If it is below 40 or raining we don't go and this month qualified. At the end, I stopped at the house and got Panda and took her for a mile. She is so excited to walk, as all dogs are. In Northwest Florida, the spring is beautiful and by March, running events start and go on through the fall. Not so much in the summer. So Pat and I will plan to walk in most of the events coming up.
One of the major events here is the Gate to Gate at Eglin AFB held on memorial day. It is nearly 5 miles and participation is huge. It's a big party atmosphere with food and drink afterward. Sometimes it is really hot and slow going. One year, I walked by myself and I following a trio of bouncing behinds belonging to a group of women from Atlanta. They were really going and I vowed to keep up with them. Eventually, toward the end, I passed them. That was a treat. This is an achievement for me, a virtual non-walker 3 to 4 years ago.

This coming week I will reassess all my goals and where I am and hopefully get a plan together to start February with a bang! I intend to keep on this journey. Until tomorrow.

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ALEXIAAG 1/24/2010 12:10PM

    You are doing a great job! Keep going and good luck with the 5K. This should be easy for you, because you already have walked 4 miles.

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KASEYCOFF 1/24/2010 9:52AM

    Great idea about doing that end-of-the-month assessment. I think I'll take a leaf from your book! :-D

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/23/2010 9:11PM

    Sounds like a good walk to me. Glad you are plannng to keep up the walking with your pal.

Keep up the good work and cheers to a good spark filled 2010.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 1/23/2010 11:45AM

    Short and sweet , and so true!
All the best to you on your Sparkpeople journey!

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Meltdown has cooled a bit.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Okay, today will be a better day. Never mind the food and diet. I think I am having a little relapse with my depression as I am trying to wean myself off of some meds with the help of my doctor. I work by myself and with the cold weather and rain and thunder, it is really depressing with no one to talk to. I just got off the phone with my regional director and we perked each other up and I have some motivation to get going. I have to get ready to see a client but I might be able to squeeze a little dog walk in first. Thanks everyone for the help and kind words. At least I am smart enough to be aware of what is going on with my body. I'll give it the weekend and see how it goes. Monday will be 4 weeks since I reduced the dose so we will see. I might decide I can't do it and have to go back on.

12:05. I feel much better now. I had a headache, I always get one over my right eyebrow and I took two aspirin. Before I went on my appointment this morning, I briefly thought about taking a tiny pill for anxiety but decided I would wait and let the aspirin kick in and maybe I would feel better when I got home. My client and I had a discussion about depression as she has it too and I think just being out and it is warm and sunny today, that helped. Just seeing another person to talk to helped. And my friend Pat called because she knew something was wrong with me instinctively. Hopefully, I will continue to feel better and my head will get right without having to go back on that one pill. I'm still taking several others that should take up the slack. Pat and I are planning a good long walk for tomorrow morning. First time all January we've been able to get out because the weather has been so cold and rainy. And Panda is still patiently waiting for her walk today. I will try and squeeze it in between my 1:00 appmt and a 3:00 funeral. Carol

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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2010 6:54AM

    Life is just a very strange and sometimes wild roller-coaster ride. Up, down, and screaming around corners - you just gotta hang on for dear life! For what it's worth, I think the decrease in medication is a good thing, but definitely sends your emotions reeling. It takes time, is all. Myself, I think it's worth it - certainly I think it's better for you physically - and I HOPE that eventually the emotional / mental aspects even out. I'm with you, kiddo - you are not alone! :-)

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    Very good thinking, Carol. Winter is a rough time. Enjoy the walks and the warm, cozy house, too! emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/22/2010 1:58PM

    It sounds like you have a good handle on what's happening to you with the decrease of your meds. Exercise is good for you so keep on walking!

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