Tuesday, August 21, 2012
When I returned to Spark People in July, I was worried about my chances for not being successful again, so I set a goal that I felt was doable in a relatively short period of time-10 pounds in 2 months. If I stuck with it, I'd increase the goal.
So today, the scale showed 10 pounds flown away. I was surprised I made it there in a month because I am "dieting" very differently than I ever have before.
My avatar picture is of me in 2007 after I had lost 68 pounds doing the Medifast program, 2 medifast meals and one lean and green real food.
Then came the cancer diagnosis with surgery, radiation, and chemo for 6 months, and steroids with the chemo to help tolerate the effects.
I decided I had one job to do during that time-to eat as healthy as I could to help my body heal and deal with what was happening.
So I came through that with weight gain, not loss. Then a 2nd diagnosis a year after the first with major surgery in December 2008 and a redo in May 2009, 6 months of major chemo, then 28 months of maintenance chemotherapy with the hope we could keep it from coming back a third time.
I gained back 43 pounds. And started working on moving and trying to get healthy again after chemo ended November, 2011. Thanks to SP, I now have just 30 pounds to go to get to my precancer weight and the picture I've posted of me playing the harp.
After that milestone, we are going to see what will be. I always was a skinny minny. But I stopped being skinny after I broke my arm in 5th grade.
I am going to make an effort to find things to do for excercise that are fun for me now, that I can do outdoors when the sun isn't out, since I am now super sensitive to the sun.
Any suggestions besides getting new tires on my recumbent bike? I know I'd love it if I could figure out the gears. That seems more difficult than it was to learn stick shift.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Have I mentioned I found Fly Lady in an effort to fullfill the week I task for the Health Eating Challenge? I had no idea how to even start to organize my kitchen. Here is my clean, organized kitchen
And my pantry/cupboards.
Well, thanks to the "Shine your Sink" command from the Fly Lady, I have begun to purge other areas of my home. Today was trash pick up, so I put in extra time trying to get as much as I could out to curbside before scheduled pick up time.
Last Thursday, I felt ten pounds lighter after trash pick up. I was really flying. So I decided to document the process today. If it was anything like last week, I was ready to float up into the air.
Here is my trash pile.
Here is my trash flying into the truck.
Looks like a snowstorm in August. The sanitation engineer was not pleased. I wasn't so happy either as I started to pick up packing popcorn that blew all the way to the end of the block on both sides of the street. I wonder if there is a place in the fitness tracker to enter, Picking up Packing Popcorn at Midday in the Hot, August Sun in Florida, 30 minutes?
I lost 2 pounds sweating, and yes, I did put it back on drinking the replacement water!!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
So, I got up this morning, made cupcakes for Mom's birthday, and shined my sink. She recently discovered she was a type 2 diabetic and we have both been learning what that meant, and how to handle food. Portion control, counting carbs, and no carbs after supper has worked to control her blood sugar to under 105 each morning. So I planned to do portion control for her birthday by making cupcakes as opposed to a layer cake where it's so easy to just slice off a huge hunk with an unknown number of carbs shooting directly into the bloodstream.
Everything was fine until I frosted one for everyone, added the 1/2 cup of ice cream, and smelled the chocolate frosting on mine.
I am not one to throw anything away, especially food. It has been a weight-lifting experience to deal with throwing out things from my kitchen. And I suppose the leftover cupcakes which I made for Mom's 88th birthday SHOULD GO RIGHT IN THE TRASH. But it's not like they were from 2007 like the frozen stew I found in the back of the freezer.
I haven't frosted all of them, just the 3 we ate, but I find their presence in the container on the counter to be like the sirens calling to the sailors. Their whispers are more demanding than the desire for cigarettes when I was quitting smoking 35 years ago. I did that with nicorette gum. Somehow, I don't think sugar gum will help here.
So, what would be a good plan? I had one cupcake figured in to the supper menu plan, But I could easily decide to eat 5 more.
I tried to send them home with Mom, but she was smart. She said NO.
So, here's the plan. I'm going to frost one more and package it up for Mom, and then flush the rest of the cupcakes and frosting.
I can't believe the desire to go eat more of those cupcakes is so strong that my goal of having a piece of fruit when I want a bakery sweet is NOT helping. Of course, I haven't eaten the piece of fruit.
So, I'll eat a peach AFTER I brush my teeth, then frost Mom's cupcake, flush the rest along with the frosting, and then eat a piece of watermelon if I still am having a problem. I like the sound of this plan much better than eating all of the cupcakes tonight.
Friday, August 17, 2012
I've gone along day to day working on the sleep challenge and also the healthy eating challenge, practicing habits to get a good night's sleep, and to live a more healthy lifestyle. Since I needed help organizing my kitchen for my week 1 activity, I came across Fly Lady on the web. Thanks to her and her strategies for making habits that seem to take root and spread, I had set out my clothes Wednesday night, cleaned my sink, had the menus planned for Thursday, checked my calendar and saw I had invited Mom for dinner, and put the roast to defrost, ready to start in the slow cooker before leaving for a 9:30 appointment to help a patient who had just gotten out of the hospital after colostomy surgery. I took my sister's Yorkie out for a needed walk, which turned out to be a walk to explore the front yard. Even with all that, I got to be 15 minutes prior to my set bed time. Through the night, the Guest Yorkie managed to bark insistently, just as I got to sleep. When 6:00 rolled around on the clock, I felt like I had gotten no sleep.
After making the bed and getting dressed to the lace-up shoes, I walked the dogs officially, and returned the Guest Yorkie to Mom. When I returned home, the phone rang as I realized I had not turned on the coffeepot. It was the patient's daughter explaining the problems they were having, and asking if I couldn't come any earlier.
I couldn't think of any reason, since I was already dressed and my Yorkie had already been for her walk, AND everything I needed to take with me was already packed and on my launch pad.
So I left without breakfast or putting dinner in the crockpot. I was there from 8:30 - 1:30. The family offered food, an I finally supplemented the bottled water (2) with a request for fresh fruit.
When I returned home, I forced myself to put together a wholesome lunch, and to get the roast and veggies into a roaster and then into the oven at 300 degrees. 2 hours later, after my nap, the veggies were marvelous, but the roast was so tough, I couldn't get a fork in it. So the roast went into the pressure cooker and the veggies went back into the oven on low to keep warm.
The habits which were already in place served me well to get through the unexpected. And I learned that even though I'm retired, I need to pack my breakfast and lunch because you never know when an emergency or some other activity might come up.
So this morning, I woke up to find the ingredients for my breakfast laid out on the counter. Didn't need to find the menu or recipe. If I had had to leave, I could have swept everything into a bag to be eaten later.
And lunch was a sandwich with last night's left over roast and warmed up veggies (carrots, celery, and onions) That container of leftovers could also have gone into a carry bag if I were called away, or wanted to do some plein air painting, and I would have stuck to my good intentions and passed the fast food establishments on my way.
AND another habit I've developed came out of breakfast this morning. I absolutely hate soggy cereal. I had already poured the milk when I was interrupted. When I returned to eat my cereal, no one would have recognized it as cereal. I started again, but this time, I put my sliced banana on the bottom, then cereal, then poured on the milk. Very little cereal touches the milk and gets soggy this way. The milk stays down in the spaces around the fruit. You get some milk with every bite of fruit and crispy crunch cereal!! Seems this might be helpful for parents in the morning trying to get the kids out to the bus.
It's all those little benefits that add up and make a big impact on meeting your goals.
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