Wednesday, May 01, 2013
It's May already. So it's time to check in on the 2013 resolutions or goals.
If you are interested in seeing my goals, here's the link to that blog:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa ge_public_journal_individu al.asp?blog_id=5184224
So, here's my accounting of how April went.
1. Be Healthy:
4 pounds lost in April. For a total of 55.5 pounds since last August.
Blood pressure 111/69.
Total Cholesterol 202
Fasting sugar: 72
No migraines, No tinnitus
No peripheral neuropathy (I blame this on treading in the water and deep water exercise)
I had to buy a bathing suit 2 sizes smaller at the beginning of the month. And last weekend I had to buy another, one size smaller still. I needed to get some smaller everyday shorts and shirts. WooHoo!!. I filled my trunk with clothes, once again, and gave them to a woman who is out of work and has had 2 surgeries due to cancer. My white coat with the hood was on top and she cried when she saw that.
Fitness for March was 2414 minutes
Fitness for April was 3997 minutes.
I hear my PET scan report tomorrow. Hopefully I continue to have no hot spots.
2. Be a playful, responsible Adult
Playful activities: I continue treading water in community pool daily. I walk morning and evening. I go to the pool morning and evening. I have also started walking to the pool if it doesn't look like a storm is eminent. I purchased a set of pool resistance equipment. Don't find the floater belt fun at all. I just fight it all the time, so that will be gifted to someone else. But I love the foam barbells and those webbed had gadgets . They have upped my workout 10 notches!! And I love every minute of it. If I could find a pool protected from the sun, I'd be there pretty much 24/7.
Responsible Adult: Thyroid medicine must be taken 1.5 hours before eating anything. Thanks to SP friend, I have been able to manage taking thyroid medicine, getting in breakfast and my morning workouts. I take the medicine when I get up in the middle of the night. That's always more than the required hour and a half before getting up for the day when I might eat breakfast or go for a walk.
I filed my taxes before the deadline and learned I hadn't been paying income taxes on the Social Security money. And the taxes I WAS having taken out from teacher retirement wasn't enough to cover it. So I had to pay 2500, plus start paying over 600 every quarter. That means postponing the extensive work on my teeth for a while. I wished I could be an irresponsible teenager once again.
I continue to bless the Fly Lady techniques. They are very helpful to maintain the house and not be saddled with constant housework.
3. Nurture Relationships
I have made new friends at the pool and while walking. And I work hard to turn the complaining and negativity I hear all around me in a positive direction. People are so unhappy. Maybe they ALL need thyroid medication.
4. Make My Spirit Soar
I am thankful daily for feeling so great. In my last report I was worried about depression settling in. But my primary physician diagnosed a thyroid issue and started medication. While I haven't seen a startling change, I DO feel much more positive or hopeful, or NOT unhappy.
And starting and ending the day in the pool can't be beat!!
I purchased a nutribullet and started using it 1-2 times daily. I think it has made the nutrients that I needed available to my body. I'm really not eating any different foods. They are just being pulverized, and I also think that has made a huge difference. My next blood work will be the end of May. We'll see if it shows up there or not.
All in all, I consider it a very successful month.
Yes, I'm still resolute. I am seeing that it will be possible to maintain these habits for life.
Jewels helps. She's saying, "Okay, I've waited long enough!! Time for our walk." This morning, that preceded our breakfast!!
Monday, April 29, 2013
I keep changing my mind about the best thing about Spark People. And since reading this featured blog today,
my current best thing is people like the author, Kanoe10, who have reached maintenance, maintained and lived to tell about it, to share with us. Because I know I need to wrap maintenance ideas around my head and understand it this time.
With 54.5 pounds gone, and 30 - 50 more to go (still pondering that issue), I'm way past the point where I would have quit in the past. I'm way past the point where I would have said, "ENOUGH!" and then started putting the pounds back on, because I know the G-BALAM syndrome well. (Gained back all lost and more).
Now, don't get me wrong. I manage to push past those thoughts of quitting. Mainly because of friends here. But the science fiction qualities of maintenance for me have caused a few nightmares and sleepless nights.
So, I am very grateful for the bloggers on Spark People who have helped me to chill out, and just keep on keeping on with the plan. I can rest easy with the knowledge that it is possible to reach my goal, whatever it turns out to be; that I WILL be able to maintain my weight loss; and that all of this effort won't be wasted once again. I had enviisoned that I'd lose the weight and be outta here! But not these people. They stick around and continue to support us, to lift the fog from that unknown wasteland known as MAINTENANCE.
And there have been blogs like this on every stage of my journey so far.
The most memorable:
the one that told me about the Full Plate Diet when I was so hungry, ready to eat the door on the refrigerator.
the one that told me about the fitness resources for those with limited mobility
the one that reminded me that I needed to have fun while working out, while living
the one that shared the idea of the New Years Eve jar (kind of like MostMom1's WooHoo jar) where you write milestones on slips of paper, store in a jar through the year, and then read them on New Year's Eve.
and all of the others that shared the learned knowledge and their ups and downs that showed me that I was not alone.
So I say Spark Community Support Rocks!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
If you've been following my blogs, you know that visualizations that involve most of the senses are very powerful for me. So I'm ready to let you in on my MOST powerful image.
It's like I have my own little Bite-Sized Shredded Wheat character sitting on my shoulder whose job it is to keep me full and focused.
And thoughts of that little character sitting on my shoulder have kept me going, looking for what would keep me full. Turns out it really WAS fiber. And SOMETHING has kept me focused and motivated since last August. I don't seem ready to bug out and go back to my old ways and put the 55 pounds I've lost back on, though I might have 50 more pounds to go.
But ever since I watched that little girl saying 'You Drive! Worry About Yourself!"
and the blog I wrote after watching her video:
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329476 ; the little guy on my shoulder has gotten a little bolder.
Just yesterday, as I was going out to the car to drive to the pool, he said, "Bravelute, WHY are you driving to the pool?"
I stopped in the doorway and sent my telepathic reply, "I WAS driving because it was so cold and windy, and I wanted to get out of the wind as quickly as possible after being in the pool and then the sauna."
"Yes, I understand. I like to be in warm milk myself, but it's 80 degrees and sunny right now. Why are you driving today?"
"I guess because it's a habit and because I'm not sure how I'll feel afterwards--if I'll be able to walk back home again."
"Bravelute, have you ever had any trouble walking out to the car after your pool workout?"
"Well, no, I haven't. And I guess I could sit at a table for a while if I did. I could take a piece of fruit with me, and eat that if I feel I need to."
So, the little guy on my shoulder is making me worry about myself. He is taking over a little of the responsibility for driving on this journey, especially when I seem to be dropping the ball.
Tonight as I fixed my snack after coming home from the pool, he started in again. "Bravelute, why are you putting the artificial sweetener in your yogurt?"
"Because I'm 100 calories over my minimum range, and I didn't want to use honey."
"But don't you still have about 250 calories left? I didn't know honey had so many calories. Bravelute, worry about yourself. You Drive!!
So I thought about it, and added frozen banana to my yogurt snack instead. I'm driving, and being reminded I must be mindful about the things I do without thinking, just because i always do it that way.
I think I'll be much more prepared for maintenance if I start questioning my motives. If I have some good reasons for my choices, then great. If not, then I need to develop a better action plan.
And just in case anyone is worrying about my state of mind, I don't think I have a piece of talking shredded wheat riding on my shoulder. Really.
Do you? If you did, what would that little guy make you pause and notice about what you are doing with your choices?
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I seem to be just old fashioned enough to take my time deciding if the newest smart phone will benefit me or the advertisers more. (the same applies to ANY new gadget.) And by the time I decide it might benefit me and perhaps I would be able to figure it out enough to actually have it benefit me, the next gotta-have gizmo appears and the cycle of research and decision making ramps up.
If I were the crow in Wallahalla's blog 4/23/13, that prompted this response, I wouldn't meet my calorie burn for the day because I would never figure out how to suck it up the new fangled way.
Yes, I suppose I'm done updating myself. But I don't feel deprived either.
I DO hope I'll be able to figure out the next computer I have to purchase when this one finally dies. Maybe I'll go first.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Yesterday, I read this blog.
and kept wondering about what my ideal weight might be while I was up at the pool. The only answer I came up with was, "I'm not there yet." But I had no idea where there was.
I'm a firm believer in following the wisdom of those who have gone before. So I posted a question about how I might figure this out on my Spark Class Team of the week I joined way back in 2008. If anyone had a clue, someone there should. My class leader replied and didn't know her ideal weight either and offered a thought and resources.
I know my "normal" weight range from the charts. The only other thing I know is that until I was 10, I was very thin, sick often from food allergies, active, and did I say skinny to the point of boney? Because of the boney bit, I'm thinking my ideal weight might be on the lower end of some range, but my body might resist giving up that antique fat. I'm also thinking I'd really like to get rid of it--the antique fat. That's probably not a rational thought. It just seems that it is something that shouldn't have been on my body in the first place, and should be gone.
Dr. Li makes a case for an angiogenic imbalance which tells our bodies to create the blood supply for our fat cells. Otherwise they wouldn't grow. Since we don't know what started that imbalance when I was 10, I'd like those fat cells put out of commission. And even if I "yoyo" like Mandelovich, and go back up to a higher set point, at least that fat will be "new baby fat."
My battle cry has been "Be Resolute, Bravelute!"
So I guess I'll be chewing on this bone for a while, maybe even well into maintenance.
Onward to somewhere . . .
Note: You can learn more about Dr. Li, and anti-angiogenesis as it relates to obesity and many other chronic diseases. I have put links to his video and the food list on my team page in Awesome Resources. I believe you can access those links without joining the team.
Let's see if this link works:
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