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Secrets for Success

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Today after briefly checking in on the folks at 300 plus, and more specifically my team in the current Biggest Loser challenge within the 300 plus team (The Sunset Sparklers), I saw them post about secrets for success. I loved an idea I saw someone speak of. A paperclip for each pound lost, made into a chain. I liked that for when at home, but I couldn't visualize that helping me when I'm not there at home seeing it. I ran with the idea and came up with this..

I could have put the clips directly onto the main key-ring but given the amount of weight I need to lose, that wouldn't work when I'm nearing my final goal. Instead I chose to add them to a smaller ring, that is then added to the main one. I'll add a new small ring after I've reached 50 paperclips (50 lbs down) and so on. This way I can carry a reminder of my weight loss with me on my keys etc. Will it be noticeable, yes, probably, but that gives me a chance to talk about healthy choices with those who ask.

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Healthy Shopping

Friday, June 28, 2013

Today was so empowering, making much better choices and some outside of my comfort zone. I'm not usually a fish eater but lately I eat it most days. The protein is amazing without the carbs and fat. Today we opted not just for various types of fillets but also Salmon Sausage Cajun Style. Also picked up the ingredients to do our pizza on the weekend (cauliflower base). I'm also pushing myself to try new fruits..

This is what I perceive as healthy



veggies and the dragonfruit I forgot in the fruit pic)

What are your 'go-to' healthy foods?

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XCLOSED 6/29/2013 3:47PM

  emoticon k, my ears picked up at sausage & pizza!!! LOL, but it all looks freggielicious! I would be interested in what the heck you mean by a cauliflower based pizza?? And I've never seen salmon sausage... hope it's yummy!

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DAWNRHARV 6/29/2013 10:22AM

    Being summertime, my go to usually involves the grill. =) Grilled pork or sirloin or chicken.... I'm not a fish person... but.... I'm seriously considering trying to find some filets that I can throw on the grill and see if I can learn to grill a fish. =) haha. We'll see how THAT goes... the ONLY fish I've ever grilled before is large mouth bass, (caught in a local pond, cleaned and readied by me), thrown in a foil pack with lots of butter. Well these days that's not an option for me. I don't even use much butter anymore, for my foilpacks I usually just do a spray of olive oil. Citrus fruits are not kind to me.... although I love them, I suffer for days.... so throwing lemon on there (the worst of all citrus) isn't an option either. But you have inspired me to look for a good cut of fish and we'll see what we can do with it. =) Can't hurt to try right? I'll be sure to have one of those healthy choice top chef frozen entrees for back up, just in case. =) Mark loves fish, so if I could learn to cook it and eat it, would make one night I didn't have to cook two seperate meals.... that would sure be nice!!! Other go to foods are salads with lots of greens and veggies. YUM! =)

Thanks for this blog, it opens my mind to new ideas! =)
Sparkle on!

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/28/2013 11:32PM

    I love it Char emoticon

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VELMATULIP 6/28/2013 9:39PM

    Thanks for telling me you replied. I didn't see a notification about it.

I only buy Haas Avocados (the black ones...pop out the little thing on the top to make sure it's still green inside)...the others are too hard for my liking. I add a little onion, garlic, lime juice and cayenne (some like tomatoes) and smash it all together in a bowl and eat them with tortilla chips (Santita is our favorite) or homemade pita chips (cut up a pita like a pizza & put in the oven to toast it). I could eat it straight out of the bowl or instead of mayo on a sandwich. Yummo!

I haven't tried kale chips. I typically put them in a pot with a tiny bit of oil & plenty of garlic and sauté until they're done enough for us (totally wilted). I do spinach the same way.

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    Velmatulip, I've heard a lot of really great things about Kale chips. Have you tried making those at all yet? I'm planning on it soon. I really haven't tried avocados but I'll make sure they're on my next list!

Keep_going247, That sounds like a wonderful go-to option! I'm planning on working pitas, and tortillas into my menu more!

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VELMATULIP 6/28/2013 8:05PM

    emoticon on your healthy shopping trip! I used to hate fish (only because I swallowed a bone as a child), but now eat more seafood than any other animal product. I love most fruits and vegetables, especially avocados, kale, spinach, bananas, strawberries and pineapple.

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KEEP_GOING247 6/28/2013 8:04PM

    emoticon Everything looks so good. I think you've given me some great ideas.

My go-to healthy foods (when i can't bring myself to cook) is a spinach salad with store-bought roasted chicken, any veggies i can find and stuff them all whole wheat pita with a tbsp of salsa on top.

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Neat idea.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I saw this today and just had to share it on here. I really struggle to squeeze fruits into our eating habits at home, especially since it's not something DH is terribly fond of but these look really appetizing and I can see this being a healthy option I can bring to any potluck gatherings. I just had to share it here for my fellow sparkers!

I did try searching for the original poster of this (it was posted on Facebook by some spammy company promoting confidence seminars or something) and the best I can find is this site that seems to have most of the pics from this collage along with a 'how-to'.

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CHARLENEMARTEL 6/27/2013 11:27PM

    I'm happy to have shared it. I love finding ways to make being healthy fun.

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AFERARI 6/27/2013 11:23PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/27/2013 11:58AM

    What fun, thanks for sharing!

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DAWNRHARV 6/24/2013 8:07AM

    That looks amazing!!! =)

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ARRREAGLES 6/23/2013 10:05PM

    Wow! Wonderful idea!

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MYBULLDOGS 6/23/2013 10:04PM

    very nice

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

So, I've always known health was something not to take for granted. It's something that is always niggling on some level because with a family history of cancers, diabetes, and heart issues I've always considered myself blessed that those things steered clear of me. In the past few months it has been overwhelming. I had been pushing my earlier doctor about Diabetes as I was fairly sure the slow healing of just cuts and scratches, along with lack of energy and other things was a part of that. He consistently just said it was fine and I was borderline. When he left the practice and a new doctor came in, I didn't even mention to him about my suspicions but did show him my legs where I have something weird going on with the skin, and I also told him how I was feeling and so on. He did the tests and the next time I went in, he confirmed that I do indeed have Type II Diabetes and have had it for some time. I admit I was angry. Not because of the disease though I understand that is a pretty common reaction to that also, but because I could have been dealing with it sooner.

Thankfully, it's now been a few months and after taking Metformin at 1000mg twice a day, my sugar levels seem to be doing great. The only time they seem to mess up is when I'm stressed to a certain level (I'm pretty much always stressed) or if I skip meals which I do too often. I've often skipped meals and didn't really notice the lack of appetite but this past couple of weeks - especially this week - I can't miss it. Even my usual 'go to' foods that I can eat without feeling nauseous usually are just making me feel queasy at the thought of them. Yesterday DH (Darling Husband) came home and asked me what I had to eat for lunch, and I admitted I hadn't eaten lunch and that breakfast was just a few chips. I really didn't feel up to eating still so I just tried to snack on a few more chips but couldn't and nothing else appealed at all. I decided to just fall back on old tactics that worked in 2008 for a while and I went to WM and got their Equate meal replacement drinks. I even made sure to get the ones for diabetics. I drank my first one of those this morning and I'll be making sure to at least drink those while my appetite is AWOL.

On Friday last week, I had seen the Doctor again. He wanted to run more bloodwork and he also wanted to check on my blood pressure which he did. The look on his face was pretty scary. He checked it a couple of times and then told me it was 170. I didn't ask what the other number was because to be honest, his look had freaked me out a little and I was trying to remain calm. Then he asked some questions and I admitted that I had chest pains in the past week or so, and also frequent issues with light-headedness, clammy skin, nausea etc. He filled out paperwork for a chest x-ray and EKG and said to do it ASAP. I did those things along with my bloodwork on Tuesday and I guess I'll find out on April 2nd what the results are. Oh, also I ended up on Coversyl (blood pressure meds)

It's really had me thinking about the family history and I realized something important last night though. Yes my family has had issues with Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, Gallstones (another thing I've had trouble with in the past though I haven't had an attack in at least a year except for one mild one, so I haven't had it taken out). The thing is though, my family have also always been larger build people or let's call it what it is, fat. So, I'm not allowing myself to buy into this family history of medical health because it's no surprise that I'm dealing with issues that are common with overweight people. The cancer I'll worry about since I know that it's not weight related but the rest is within my control to a point. I've been losing weight at a steady rate of approximately 2lbs a week and while it's not intentional (more a side effect of the AWOL appetite) I'll take it! I am also starting to walk again in the evenings though I can't walk far before I get the dizzy/clammy thing going on but I still enjoy it. It probably doesn't count as exercise really because DH drives us to the gorgeous park near our home, and then we stroll around there for a bit.

I'm also working on my water intake since I also don't seem to know when I'm thirsty. I noticed I'm still only drinking one or two glasses of water a day. 4 on a good day, and I need to change that too. I have my trusty H2O on the Go bottle on my desk (I posted pics of it months ago) and it's all filled up with my 8 glasses for today. I am hoping that having it close by will inspire me to drink more.

Mostly I'm looking forward to the continued weight loss. I find I can't get excited about this 14 lbs I have lost. It's 14 lbs that I have lost/regained/lost/regained/lost and so I don't really feel successful even though I know that this time it's staying off because it's finally hit home that healthwise, I can't afford to regain that weight back otherwise I am going to find myself in an early grave with the majority of my family. I think the doctor, without meaning to, has really given me a wake up call this week. While it's not a pleasant feeling, it's motivation and I'll work with it.

Here's to positive changes and possibilities.

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CHARLENEMARTEL 3/22/2012 12:56PM

    Thanks! I just checked out your page. What an inspirational journey! Way to go!

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Making time for me.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I was thinking recently about my inability to find time to do things I want to do. A prime example of this is reading books on health and wellness (both physical and emotional). I have so many books I want to read that I know will benefit me but I don't seem able to find the time to do it. There is always something more important, other books I need to review for publishers, and so on. Today I had a realization or perhaps more a RErealization that I won't find that time. I need to MAKE the time. So today I am moving forward with a new outlook. I will make time each day for me to visit the countless books I have that are of benefit to me and I will not use other commitments as an excuse not to do it.

The first books I am going to be reading are The Spark (bought this when it first came out and did read it but need to reread it as it has been so long), and also the Sparkpeople cookbook. I'm looking forward to educating myself more on all things healthy.

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TRACYZABELLE 12/14/2011 1:42AM

    I need to crack open my SPARK book as well~

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