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Measurements

Saturday, July 12, 2014

From the beginning of the "newest" time on this rodeo circuit:

06/03/2014
244.7 pounds
Neck 16.5
Right Upper Arm 15.5
Left Upper Arm 14.5
Chest 40.5
Waist 48.5
Hips 50
Right Thigh 27
Right Calf 17.5
Left Thigh 26.25
Left Calf 17.5
TTL: 297.25

June 15th:
neck 16.5
r arm 15
l arm 14
chest 41
waist 44.5
hips 50
r thigh 28
l thigh 28
r calf 17
l calf 17.5
TTL: 271.5 inches
I didn't record my weight on my paper that day so I have no idea what I weighed that day.

07/12/2014
NECK: 17
CHEST: 43
WAIST: 43.5
HIPS: 49
RTHIGH: 25.75
LTHIGH: 25.5
RCALF: 18
LCALF: 17.5
LARM: 14.5
RARM: 15
TTL: 268.75
The other day I weighed in at 238. I'm loving this change!
What I've accomplished so far:
Weight loss: 6.7 pounds
Inches lost: 28.5 inches!
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I'm so very proud of myself! I am putting in the effort and the time! I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  


Dilemmas!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello again everyone!

It's been a while yet again for a blog. Life has thrown me some curve balls recently but I think I'm getting where I need to be. I was pleasantly surprised to get on the scale this morning to see a decrease. I've been so frustrated with the lack of weight loss when I've been eating healthier than I've ever eaten. I think I was not eating enough food to be honest. This weekend was kind of a "oh the heck with it" attitude. I didn't track anything, was hoping to be mindful of what I was eating and within range. Surprisingly I made it through with a loss! Granted it was .3 but it put me below 240 pounds for the first time in a very very long time.

A while back I started taking thyroid meds. Synthroid, no generic, and all we've done is increase my dosage. I'm still constantly tired. No energy. Lethargic in a lot of cases. Saturday was my last dose. Yesterday I was just plain irritated and nothing snapped me out of being irritated. I snapped at Shari, my youngest, which is extremely rare for me.

So, today yes I'm sleepy, but I didn't sleep very well. I splurged on new sheets for our bed. Satin sheets. They were amazing, but kind of stuck to me a bit last night. So it was a weird night for sleep. However I feel more awake in my brain than I have for months!

As for the lifestyle change, I have a walking partner if I could just meet up with her! She's committed to walking Monday, Wednesday and Friday's. It seems like either she or I have something going on and just cannot make it! It's rather ridiculous! However, we're not giving up and we'll make it when we can.

Goal for the summer? Climb a 14,000 feet in elevation mountain. And if we don't make it that far? That's okay. We'll work toward next year!

  
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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/24/2014 2:51PM

    Thyroid problems are not fun to have. I listen to my sister complain all the time and wonder when it will happen to me. I have been borderline so it is just a matter of time before I am on pills as well.

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Your goal sounds amazing! I wish I had a mountain around here to climb. That would be so much fun! I'm cheering you on!

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BECKYLIVES 6/24/2014 12:11PM

    Audra,
Life has been so hectic lately! I took 2 days off my Synthroid and I became a royal B word! I couldn't even stand to be around myself for it! My shift changes at work, that is something I'm really looking forward to! I need more time at night to get things done!
Love you girl,
Bex

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NEWSTART127 6/24/2014 1:49AM

    Hope you get the meds dialed in and feel better soon. That's some major hike! Can't wait to hear how all the training goes up to the big event!

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Diet Soda a favorite? If so, read this!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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LADYKOPPER3309 2/13/2014 8:11AM

    Thanks for the article.....I have just started to eliminate Dt. Pepsi from my diet and it really is hard but I am well on my way! Thanks for helping me along!

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/26/2013 12:50PM

    Good reminder ... I got off it over a year ago and no longer miss it! You CAN do it!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 11/21/2013 8:42AM

    Very interesting... Thank you for passing the info along!

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As I was strolling through the grocery store last night....

Saturday, November 02, 2013

....I came across this:


No. It wasn't Kathie Lee that made me look at the magazine. It was the top left side saying---"Cure for Tired + Achy"---what? That's me! There's a cure? So of course I had to buy it.

The article is on page 38. Page 1:


Now page 2:


So, of course we can't read the article with my scan. I'm sorry about that, however check their website or go snoop through the magazine in the store, but read the article at least. I'm adding this to my regiment of supplements and such in the mornings. I'm constantly fighting a cold, constantly tired and always taking ibuprofen. And regardless of the fact that I'm taking energy vitamins, I still need an energy drink in the afternoon. They've become my friend lately. Matter of fact, Xyience Cherry Lime is being ingested now!

Here's a list from wikipedia of the top cruciferous veggies: Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae). These vegetables are widely cultivated, with many genera, species, and cultivars being raised for food production such as cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy, broccoli and similar green leaf vegetables. The family takes its alternate name (Cruciferae, New Latin for "cross-bearing") from the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross.

Here's an actual list:
horseradish
land cress
ethiopian mustard
kale
collard greens
Chinese broccoli (gai-lan)
cabbage
brussels sprouts
kohlrabi
broccoli
broccoflower
cauliflower
wild broccoli
bok choy
komatsuna
mizuna
Rapini (broccoli rabe)
flowering cabbage
chinese cabbage, napa cabbage
turnip root; greens
rutabaga
siberian kale
canola/rapeseed
wrapped heart mustard cabbage
mustard seeds, brown; greens
mustard seeds, white
mustard seeds, black
tatsoi
arugula (rocket)
field pepperweed
maca
garden cress
watercress
radish
daikon
wasabi

As I was going through this, I eat about 4 or 5 of these veggies. Broccoli has become a favorite of mine. Cauliflower is a definitely hit! Cabbage is ok, horseradish is awesome, radishes are good. Kohlrabi I believe is the same one I grew up with in the summer time---it's delicious---and I'm curious about the broccoflower. Is that a mix between broccoli and cauliflower? If so, then I've seen it. Gonna have to try it!

I don't know if it'll help anyone else but it might be something to look into. I'll let you know on the 3rd of December the difference in a month.

  
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RUNNER4LIFE08 11/4/2013 2:09PM

    I only knew a handful of those veggies from your list. But I LOVE broccoli, cauliflower, and rutabaga. Maybe I need to start eating more of those!

Thanks for the heads up on the article. I will have to check it out.

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CHRIS4338 11/4/2013 12:12PM

    Brussel sprouts rock if you roast them with a little olive oil and sea salt. My husband never liked them (and he likes everything!) until I cooked them that way.

Kale chips are super easy and pretty tasty - just rip the kale up into manageable pieces drizzle with a little olive oil and sea salt and then roast at 300 degrees for between 15 and 20 minutes (keep checking to make sure they aren't getting too brown.)

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ALFBUNDY 11/2/2013 3:00PM

    I HAVE eaten BROCCOFLOWER & you are CORRECT about the "combo".
I LIKED IT; & anybody who likes the 2 ingredients it combines, should like it too! emoticon

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BRYANBABY3 11/2/2013 2:34PM

    Interesting

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Attacking again....

Friday, November 01, 2013

So, some of you many know that I've got this thing that happens randomly where the connectors between my sternum and my ribs get inflamed. It's happening again this year. The swelling is painful and feels like a constant heart attack. This happens to women more than men. I have a theory. My chesticles are of good size and while my hubs likes this, I am not liking this so much. What can help reduce the pain? Less chesticles!

I've made a commitment (along with my hubs and his wife) with my friend Joe who was told by his doctor that he needs to lose 30-40 pounds or he's going to die-- (heart problems, not heavy just overweight) -- that we'd do it with them. So, in order for me to do any real working out besides walking, I've got to start losing weight immediately. My chiropractor really wants me to do a 5 or 6 SMALL meals a day plan with protein, meat and veggies only. 3 meals of meat and veggies and 2 snacks of protein shakes. He wants me to avoid sugar at all costs.

I've just bought all my veggies. Got the steak, onion, and peppers cooking in the crock pot for fajitas as one of my meals. The next step is meal planning. I am going to boil some eggs and cook up some chicken or turkey for salads for another meal. Beef stew is on the agenda for next week as we're going to be getting really cold and snowy. Chili soup might be a good option too.

As for my salads I call them veggie bowls. I make a huge salad with lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli (not this time, way too expensive today at the store!!), tomatoes, boiled eggs, a meat of some kind, onion, and now I'm adding butternut squash cubes to the mix as it's fall and a nice colorful addition to the salad! It takes me a long time to eat them because of all the chewing I have to do, but they're worth it. I add enough protein that I'm not all that hungry either.

Protein shakes with no sugar. Chocolate is my favorite. My chiro doesn't want me to eat any fruit as it's got natural sugar in it, which will actually kick in the other addiction in my body for bad sugars. (Does that make sense?) So, no fruit for quite some time until my body can lose that sugar addiction.

By putting this plan into action I should see some pretty good changes within a month's time. I've not started yet, but I'm starting on Sunday November 3rd. I've got to get a few more things at Sam's Club before I can officially start. I'll post my numbers on Sunday morning as my kick off. I track my chest (under the chesticles), neck, arms both upper and lower, legs both upper and lower, hips, waist, and weight.

The plan is to make sure I walk at least 20 minutes a day while doing this so I can really get some good benefits out of this. Plus walking works me up to running, where I eventually want to be.

Time to attack back and take my health back under control!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 11/4/2013 2:06PM

    My sister and her hubby have done this diet and they both made great progress.

It is hard to give up sugar. The first week will be the temptation week but as long as you stand your ground, it will work. Now when my sister has sugar she does not feel well after. (Maybe I should give it a go....)

Hang in there sweets! I know you can do it!!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/4/2013 11:06AM

    Hooray for a plan! Please join our team's November Fitness Minutes Challenge and log your fitness minutes each day! Let us cheer you on! So, how did Day 1 go? No matter -- THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE YOU HAVE IS THE NEXT ONE!! so make it a healthy choice! You are not alone!! emoticon

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 11/2/2013 1:16PM

    You got this one girl WOO HOO! I am once again back on the wagon as of yesterday kinda doing my own thing lol.

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