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Returning to routine

Sunday, December 11, 2011

We all have unexpected events that can derail our healthy habits. Ours was the sudden hospitalization of my father-in-law two and a half weeks ago. We lost him a week ago.

Life has been about being there for family, grieving, and finishing up the college classes that I teach. I've certainly had hectic days where exercise was the least of my priorities. However, other days I did exercise, and I managed to make pretty sensible eating choices on all of those days when we ate out with family. The result is that I maintained my weight and didn't go to food for stress relief--I used exercise to relieve stress. That's a big change from a year ago.

My husband is also more amenable to changing his habits as well. His father went into the hospital with pneumonia but had a heart attack while there because of three blocked arteries that doctors had never discovered. Given now that both of his parents have had heart issues, he's more aware of his own risks and that being overweight isn't wise. I hope he will be more careful of his health--I've avoided nagging him because I don't think that approach works.

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JOANNA202 12/11/2011 5:54PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Glad to hear you managed to keep away from food as stress relief though. I think we do all this work in the good times so that healthy habits are ingrained and can be leant on during the bad times.

I agree that nagging isn't the way to help anyone else. They need to find their own reason for living a healthier lifestyle, but your husband is lucky to have you to help him if he wants to.

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

We lost my father-in-law yesterday morning--he was much loved and will be missed deeply by all of us. I could not have asked for a better father-in-law or grandfather to our daughter. We are born into a family but then some of us are lucky enough to marry and add other wonderful people to our family. I feel honored to have had Jack in my life.

You are loved just as deeply by people in your lives so continue to work to safeguard your health with exercise and healthy eating so that your life isn't cut short by heart disease and other health conditions that you have some ability to prevent. Life is precious.

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JUDITHANNIE 12/4/2011 7:27PM

    Sorry for your loss but you need to think of the good times you had and I'm sure there were many. You are in my prayers and thoughts. emoticon

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DIDMIS 12/4/2011 7:05PM

    I am so emoticonfor your loss.
God bless you.

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NOTFATCAT 12/4/2011 12:45PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is good you have such fond memories to carry you through.

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SHECHAM 12/4/2011 11:07AM

    Sending warm wishes that your happy memories will help you through this very difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss...

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TEXASCATFOOD 12/4/2011 10:44AM

    Much sympathy over the loss of your wonderful father-in-law.

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11 Months Down

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

At the end of December, I'll have completed a year of tracking food and exercise on SparkPeople. I've learned that tracking not only helps you lose weight but it also helps you maintain that loss. It helps you maintain an exercise routine. And it can become somewhat addictive--I find that I don't want to miss a day of earning Sparkpoints.

The challenge going into the second year will be how to keep exercise fresh. I can see how I could become bored.

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JOANNA202 11/30/2011 3:23PM

    Hey fellow addict! I've tried, unsuccessfully, to break the habit before but sometimes you just have to admit it: you're locked into something which is good for you!

emoticon on the 11 month milestones. Keep on sparking!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

One of the SparkPeople articles I read this week was about living one's life with gratitude--quite appropriate for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

If gratitude was a bigger focus than the food, many of us would be less nervous about trying to get through that day with little damage to our eating goals. That first Thanksgiving was about gratitude for not starving and dying during a very difficult transition into a new world. We have reality TV shows where producers spend money to put people into challenging circumstances that they have to survive. And yet all over the world we have people who really are trying to survive and who are hungry. Wouldn't it almost be more appropriate on that day to spend more time reflecting on all that we are so lucky to have and spend less time eating to the point of being uncomfortable? And then share more with those in need.

I'll enjoy the food that day but will try to eat each bite with gratitude and will stop when I've eaten a reasonable amount. And then I'll go for a walk and be grateful for the beauty of the fall.

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TOPAZROSE 11/21/2011 6:40AM

    Thank you for the lovely thoughts.

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Hey I'm at 129.5!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

130 was my goal and the number I'm determined to maintain, but it's been exciting to get on the scale for a few days and see 129.5. Hey it's just a number, but I do find it satisfying to visualize myself in the 120s. Haven't been there for over a decade.

Like this quote that I found: "It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every day that I've exercised and every day that I've tracked my eating I feel like I've accomplished my goals. These daily goals are what will help me maintain the success I've achieved--and I got here by achieving these goals one day at a time.

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SGTSUNNY 11/18/2011 6:54PM

    Great! So proud of you!

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TRENTDREAMER 11/13/2011 7:13AM


Like the quote.

Congrats on gettting into the 120's.

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