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Getting back in the loop!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Well, I'm back! My daddy is doing good, although it still hurts to cough and he's a little slow getting around. We are so blessed to still have him with us! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!
During all this, I got a little off balance and wasn't tracking my nutrition and fitness! I was watching what I ate but I wasn't getting in my exercise! I was going back and forth to the hospital every day for almost 2 weeks and when I got home late in the afternoon I was just too tired to do anything! What is it about just sitting in hospitals that is so tiring? These last few days I have caught myself eating things I shouldn't. I really need to get to the grocery store! And then throw into this mix, Thanksgiving and all the good food! But again I was good, to an extent! Our family had so much to be thankful for! We still have our daddy!
Today I am starting fresh! I'm watching what I eat and getting back into my exercise routine! I will get back to drinking my water as I should! There were days while I sat in the hospital that I would probably only get 2 bottles of water for the whole day! And as you know, this can cause water weight gain! I stepped on the scales one day and I had gained about a pound! I weighed this morning and have actually seen about a half pound loss since my last weigh in which was about 3 weeks ago!
I have realized through this experience that I have to learn more about eating healthy and making it a lifestyle! One day I will be on maintenance and I want to know that I can stay that weight and keep exercising! I let this situation get the best of me and throw a wrench in the works! At my age I know there will be other family crisis , my parents, my husband and I aren't getting any younger, I need to learn to adapt to the changes that undoubtably will come in the future!
Well, I'm fixing to get up and do my exercise for the day! It always makes me feel better! Thanks again my Spark friends for your prayers! They were answered! Praise the Lord!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/26/2012 2:49PM

    There is strength and determination in your voice. emoticon emoticon

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My Daddy

Friday, November 02, 2012

Im asking my SP friends to please be in prayer for my Daddy. He had a heart attack last night, thankfully we were in er when his heart went into arythmia(?) and they did compressions as well as used the paddles on him to bring him back to us! He will be having open heart surgery Monday, they found 5 blockages today during heart cath. One was 100%, one 99% and the others were 80 to 90%! We are so blessed to still have him with us!

My daddy is a quiet somewhat shy man with a great sense of humor! He was a little outnumbered in our home because there was my Mama and 4 daughters to contend with everyday! We have all given him 8 grandchildren (6 boys and 2 girls) and he enjoys every one of them! He has been more concerned with his pets back at the house than he has been for himself! (i made sure they were fed!) My daddy is only 72 years young but looks 10 years younger to me! He has always enjoyed good health, except for the occasional gout! This has really thrown him for a loop because he didn't realize his heart was in such bad condition! He was in the hospital back in August for chest pains and he passed stress test with no problems, echocardiogram didn't show anything, so they didn't do cath. Hindsight is 20/20! If only they could have taken care of this then,me, one of my sisters and my mother wouldn't have had to witness that awful scene in the er and daddy would be healed by now! But God was watching out for him and gave him an awesome er staff to work on him! I was so I impressed with the way they handled him!

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BGAIL521 11/13/2012 10:53PM

    Thanks again for your prayers and kind words! Daddy is home as of today and glad to be there but unhappy with the fact that they diagnosed him with type 2 diabetes while in the hospital. Will have to ave 4 insulin injections a day! He thinks the doctors are wrong! Please keep him in your prayers and my mama also because she will be his primary caretaker while he recuperates!

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22CHUNKY 11/9/2012 11:45AM

    i am so sorry you and your family are going through this. However, I am equally glad you now know the reason for this event and pray for all of you as you face this surgery on Monday. May GOD be with your daddy as he undergoes surgery and may he experience complete healing. Keep the faith. GOD ALMIGHTY is on the throne!

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JLLOVETT 11/9/2012 10:57AM

    Praying for your father, you and your family!


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BGAIL521 11/6/2012 9:21AM

    Thank you Spark friends for the prayers! My daddy is doing great this morning! He came off ventilator last night at about 9 and is sitting up this morning and in good spirits! Praise God for watching over him! We went through this with my Mama 17 years ago when she was just 52 (the age I am now)! Again thank you for the prayers!

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CAMEOSUN 11/4/2012 5:40PM

  Praying for your dad & family. If it's any consolation...both of my parents have had open-heart surgery. My mom had a 5-way bypass & my dad had a quadruple & later a stent put in. Almost 15 yrs. later they are both doing just fine. They are now ages 81 (dad) & 76 (mom).

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NORWOODGIRL 11/2/2012 10:17PM

You have my prayers for your father as well as for you and your family.

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NDTEACHER1 11/2/2012 9:57PM

    Prayers for you and your dad.

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PIPERJ4A 11/2/2012 8:50PM

  I lost mine the end of June from cancer. I wish you and your family all the best

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SENIMMO 11/2/2012 8:49PM

    It's an honor and privilege to pray for someone's father's recovery. I'm glad you had a good ER staff to keep him with you. God is good. I will pray for your family that God will give you strength and grant you peace, whatever His will. emoticon

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On my soapbox!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Well, I'm feeling the need to get on my soapbox! I may come off sounding like an idiot, but here goes! I have, as of this morning, just realized that Crystal Light (and other drink mixes like them) are making my bottle of water 10 calories and not 5 like I have been believing for quite a while now! Maybe I am crazy for thinking that one packet in a 16.9 oz. bottle was one serving! The nutrition info says 5 calories for half a packet (I honestly had never noticed this before) but we are to put the whole packet in a bottle of water! I have been thinking of my bottle of water as one serving (I know, I know, that's 2 cups and therefore 2 servings) but I try to drink 4-5 bottles a day and that's why I think of a bottle as a serving! It's a little misleading on the box (at least to me) to say 5 calories per serving and then show pictures of them adding it to a bottle of water! Maybe I am an idiot, I should have read the nutrition label better, I always do for my food! I'll be honest, I haven't been counting my drink mixes on my nutrition tracker! I guess I figured that 20-25 calories weren't going to make or break me, but now it has gone up to 40-50 calories a day. That's a string cheese or half an apple or banana! I will now start counting my drink mix, but with a heavy heart for that piece of string cheese I like at the end of the day but will now have to give up! Yes, I probably should stop adding these mixes, but they make water taste so good! Water alone makes me nauseous for some reason so I find myself not drinking what I should. Thanks for letting me rant! Have any of you been believing the same thing or is it just me!
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CAMEOSUN 11/4/2012 5:45PM

  Yep, I caught that one too about the packets being 2 serve. I use the CL Energy drink instead of coffee w/creamer in the mornings now. I like it better and less calories. I just don't like plain water either. I used to also drink a lot of gourmet coffees with lots of sugary stuff in them, loaded with calories. After cutting those out, the weight is coming down. emoticon

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CHANGING4GOOD2 11/2/2012 12:51PM

    I noticed that a while back and was devastated. I don't drink enough water anyway so trying to drink it without anything seems impossible at this time.

You may want to search for other brands and options. I have a liquid flavor that says 0 calories (although I am sure it likely has some it is hopefully less than the 10 per bottle of the packets). With the liquid it is also easier to add less than trying to add half a packet.

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JLLOVETT 10/30/2012 4:34PM

    I noticed the serving size last week!!!! Boy was I struck stupid emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 10/28/2012 11:39PM

    Artificial sweeteners give me a huge headache, so I don't drink Crystal Light. But I do agree that labels/food packaging are often deceiving. My rant is not having information on genetically modified food listed somewhere on a nutrition label!

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ANNE821 10/27/2012 10:32AM

    I don't use crystal lite regularly, but manufacturers are tricky! Maybe try it with half, at the beginning it may taste weak but you may get used to it. I add a splash or two of lemon to my water, I really like that. I know what you mean about plain water, drinking so much can be nauseating especially when you don't feel thirsty! Congrats on your weight loss, keep going!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

I am feeling so awesome! I know I overuse that word on here and Facebook, but it is such a great word! I have passed the 15 pound mark! I have lost 15.6 lbs.! I'm hoping the almost 1.5 lb. weight loss this week is a result of cutting out wheat and will keep progressing like this! I usually have a pound a week but this added half pound is making me so happy!

I went shopping today to find something to wear to my nephews engagement party tomorrow and tried on a pair of black dress jeans in a size 14 and they fit! I am down one size! Woohoo! I'm hoping to one day get into a 10 or maybe even an 8! Slow and steady wins the race!

I went shopping for about 4 hours this morning and then came home and did my Leslie Sansone 3 mile walking video! I had to make myself do it but I am so glad I did! I think back to a few months ago when I would have come home and taken a nap! Boy have things changed! I ran into my mother at Walmart the other day and she commented on how slim my hips had gotten! It's so nice when someone notices the hard work you've done! I also have lost an inch in my waist this week! I believe it's my Leslie DVD! It has a belt with 2 hand grips and stretchy bands and you can so feel it in your core when using it! I LOVE IT!!!

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Cutting out wheat!

Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm going to try to make a change in the way I eat! I was reading an article in Prevention magazine the other day on getting a flatter belly at any age (40, 50, 60). I'm almost 53 so I paid particular attention to the 50's! The article said that as we move into our 50's, you're at a greater risk of developing insulin resistance, a condition that causes the body to produce more insulin than it should! The excess causes you to store more fat and increases your appetite! Too much belly fat further ups your risk of insulin resistance, which can cause diabetes! There were four things they said we could do to flatten our bellies:
1- Wipe out wheat- "One slice of wheat bread increases blood sugar more than 1 tablespoon of sugar does." That blast of sugar prompts your body to release insulin, setting the stage for increased storage of visceral fat (the fat around your organs). When you remove wheat from your diet, your appetite drops dramatically and you begin losing belly fat.
2- Pump up protein- To fight muscle loss in our 50's, increase your protein in your diet. In your 50's shoot for 0.5g for every pound of body weight. I weigh close to 160 so I should consume 80g a day!
3- Sleep- You need proper sleep!
4- Fitness- Do about 2 days of high-intensity interval training and 5 days of moderate-paced walking. Also include 2 strength workouts each week.

This was very informative and got me to thinking! I eat a lot of carbs! Someone posted the other day that they had cut out bread and such because they get enough carbs in their other food! This morning at breakfast I had 40g of carbs and 6g of protein! I had a Nutrigrain waffle (13g), half a banana (12g), cup of skim milk (12g) and tablespoon of peanut butter (3g)! That was my last waffle! I won't buy any more wheat bread! I am getting enough carbs in my other food, I don't need to add anything else to the mix! If anyone has any suggestions for alternatives, I'm open to hearing them!

I know one of my problems is not planning my meals. I usually cook it up and then figure out what the calories and so forth are! That's bass ackwards! That's what I do when my husband is home any way, when I'm alone I usually cook chicken and broccoli or some type of soup! I guess I'm just now realizing that this can be difficult to figure out! I need to study up on what I need to eat more! This needs to become a lifestyle and not just a way to lose weight! I need to figure it out for my health! Diabetes runs in my family and it usually hits them later in life! I need to stop it in its tracks now!

I'm hoping to see a change in the scale and measurements in the next couple of weeks! You will hear from me again! Thank you all for being there and supporting me! Now I'm off to bake my husband a cream cheese blueberry pound cake for his birthday, it's his favorite! I'm not going to eat one bite! I promise! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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242WILLNOTDO 10/15/2012 10:57PM

    I am right there with you! I get enough carbs in my fruits for me...even though SPARK says that I am under each day. I eat a 1/2 cup of brown rice a couple of times a week, a slice of Ezekial bread once a week, and maybe 1 or 2 servings of Barilla Plus pasta a MONTH, bran flakes for breakfast once or twice a week and a couple of bean/lentil meals each week...not the standard carbs on top of carbs with a side of carbs like we used to eat!.

I was telling hubby this evening - I just don't have that much of an appetite right now. Say what??? I think it's because my blood sugar is staying more consistent with the higher fiber, higher protein, lower carb way of eating.

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/15/2012 4:29PM

    There are several teams for diabetics, that could be very useful. The meal tracker will plan diabetic meal so you have some choices and populate a shopping list for you. I read the same article and have stopped wheat and upped my protein to see if my bellly fat will move. May we both be successful Have a great week .

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NORWOODGIRL 10/15/2012 2:21PM

    You might get a lot of static about cutting the wheat out of your diet - but not from me! I rarely eat it any more and feel better for it. I did bake bread a few weeks ago and indulged. Boy, did I suffer for that! I have also drastically reduced the amount of dairy I eat/drink. That also improved the way I feel.

I always plan my meals. I live too far from any stores to just be-bop out and pick up a few items so I have to know what I'm making. But I just used the nutrition tracker after I ate. Now I use it as I plan. That reminds me ... I'll have to see whether it generates a shopping list for me like it does if the tracker suggests meals.

You might want to consider one bite of that cake - or even a tiny slice. If you feel deprived, you might be more tempted to eat more of something you shouldn't at some other time when you might not be feeling so in control!

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