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Change of Plan

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I made up my mind to kick the scale to the curb for a while. I will keep tracking my foods and will try to up my exercises some.

The exercise part is the hardest for me to adjust because I have had too many days lately when RA kicked my butt. I also haven't learned to like exercising yet.

Think positive, think positive, think positive ..........

  
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JAZZYJB 6/24/2009 12:45PM

    that is a good idea, I know I become a slave to the scale and then I find myself getting more frustrated. Keep up the good work!

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Frustration

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Here I am loggig my food faithfully and staying within my caloric range most of the time and the scale didn't move again. Even the couple of times I misbehaved, I was still under the amount that my body supposedly uses up during a 24-hour period.

  
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SEEHOLZ 6/23/2009 12:55AM

    Hmmm, I seem to have the same problem and the more research I do, the more I realize that for me, it's hormones ---- stress, lack of sleep, timing of food and types of food have all an impact on us and our hormones. Of course, it could be other things like weights, high sodium intake, too much water etc. Maybe doing some research and focusing on what it might be and trying to get in tune with your body more, might at least distract you until the scale moves again. And until then ( for a little while) putting the scale away and focusing on improving the quality of your diet might give you some peace of mind. I know how hard it is mentally to stick to something when you feel as though nothing is working! Believe me, I'm right there with you. I finally was able to focus on just livng my life and putting the whole thing on 'hold'while working on eating better, sleeping more and just my overall well being. The happier my body is, the more willing it will be to drop pounds!
Have a great week Bienke und Danke für das liebe Kommentar auf meinem Blog!
Mach's mal gut!

Patty

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BIENKE 6/21/2009 3:41PM

    There is still a little swelling in my knee, but other than that it looks good. It makes me wonder though how heavy a titanium knee ist. Maybe I have lost some weight and just don't know it.

There is more swelling in my right foot and I can't do a lot of the exercises I like because it just hurts too much. I think that is my major problem. My body has gotten used to the other exercises I normally do. They even had to eliminate some exercises at Physical Therapy because of that darn foot. Hopefully, I'll be getting some treatment for it next month.

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ODDBODKIN 6/21/2009 7:52AM

    Hang in there, Sabine. I've had times like this so I know how frustrating it is. If you get too frustrated with your plateau, maybe you can review the ways to break through a plateau and get back to losing again. Is your body still adjusting from your knee surgery? You've done so great in your recovery from that, but maybe there is still some fluid retention.

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RENA1965 6/21/2009 12:05AM

    Put your nutrition page up and ask for help to avoid frustration.. Sometimes we over see small mistakes that do count and having other pairs of eyes can find stuff that could work better.. You have come along way, also get busy using your tape measure, sometimes when the scales don't move much cms can be moving..


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Pigging Out Again!!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I saw my surgeon yesterday and he was happy with my progress so far. I have good motion in my left knee and it is not swollen that much anymore. He gave me the paperwork to return to work on July 1 without any restrictions. On the one hand I am looking forward to going back to work and on the other hand I enjoyed staying at home and wonder if I really want to go back to the ratrace. If only I had married rich!! Ha ha

Since it was close to dinnertime when we left the Dr's office, we decided to go out to eat to my favorite buffet, the Ultimate Buffet. I love Chinese food and tried very hard to only pick the healthy stuff and limit my portions. What a let down when I was done tracking my foods. I still managed to eat way too much. No wonder I am not losing any weight.

Oh well, back to square one.

  
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ODDBODKIN 6/17/2009 1:30PM

    Oh, no, Sabine! Not back to square one. There is at least a mile of squares between where you are now and square one! If it's "back" anything, it's just back to square yesterday, and no farther. The fact that you were mindful of your eating while at the buffet is very good. I have found it extremely difficult to find Chinese food that fits well into the Spark plan. That doesn't mean we shouldn't eat it if we love it; it just means that we need to do it mindfully, which it seems you did, for the most part.

"I love Chinese food and tried very hard to only pick the healthy stuff and limit my portion," hardly sounds like pigging out to me! I insist that you adjust your attitude! (lol) You're doing great. Keep up the good work!

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Update And New Goals

Monday, May 25, 2009

I haven't blogged in over two years, so I guess it is time to get started again.

I had my first knee replaced in February 2008 and shortly after that my other knee got real bad. Not only that, but RA decided to flare up and stay with me. All that combined really kept me from exercising. It took all my energy to just function "normally" from day to day. In order to keep my job, that I can't afford to give up, I had to work at least a year before I was able to get my other knee done. I had it replaced almost three weeks ago, on May 5.

In a way I am proud that I was able to hold my weight (within about 5 pounds) for the year even though I did not exercise on a regular basis. I fell off the wagon numerous times and kept climbing back on. I wonder how many pounds I actually lost during the last year?

Right now I am going to physical therapy three times a week where we practice bending and straightening the operated knee and developing the thigh and calf muscles. At least once during that hour I threaten the therapist to cross her off on my "friends" list. I am tracking part of the exercises since not all of them raise my heart beat, but I feel I should get a little bit of credit for doing them.

I am getting better at tracking my foods again and most of the time I stay below 2000 calories. I really have to work hard at staying below 1600 ALL the time.

My goal is to lose weight permanently for the rest of the year. I am doing fine with the water and the fruit. I have to work on drinking more milk and eating more vegetables.

  
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PIXIE919 5/25/2009 3:21PM

  Good luck in your recovery. Once all is said and done you won't be able to sit still I'm sure of it. My mom had both her knees replaced a couple of years ago and she's the lights shes been in 30 years . All because she has less pain.

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Are You Grateful For The Luxuries In Your Life?

Friday, March 02, 2007

Thinking about this topic made me realize that most of the things I am taking for granted and see as needs are actually luxuries.

I don't "need" a car to go to work as long as I have legs.

I don't "need" a microwave or slow cooker because I am so busy in my life that I don't take the time for cooking.

This list can go on and on. Nowadays, we have so many things to make our lives easier, yet a lot of times all we do is complain or regret that there are so many things we can't have.

I am grateful that I am loved no matter how I look and what I do. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful that I have a job, income, roof over my head, a full stomach and good health.

  
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COLORADOTINK 3/13/2008 2:18PM

    Amen

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