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Saturday, January 25, 2014

From zero fitness minutes per week to 120 minutes this week. I am really feeling like I have accomplished something. The first that I have ever stuck with it for this long. Always before this it would be for a couple of days , then I'd start missing days and eventually just not bother at all. Just knowing that someone would be checking my progress made it so much easier to do the assigned exercises every day. I know I have to make this a habit so it just becomes a part of my day.
For the eating part, my week has been pretty good. I am concentrating on portion size as I feel that it is an important part of learning to eat what my body needs. emoticon emoticon

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MISSLORI5 3/19/2014 11:39PM

    You are making those baby steps that turn into giant footprints!!! Congratulations on your exercise streak-that is just awesome!!! I so appreciate your inspiration!!!!! emoticon

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CHERYLHURT 1/26/2014 7:51AM

  Way to go! One small step at a time!

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144AUTUMN 1/26/2014 1:35AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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A New Approach

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Another try with a different approach. This is something I have never been successful at before. I committed to having a trainer come to my house once every two weeks to guide me through a workout program that is designed especially for my needs. Every other time I have started exercising, I have never been successful at sticking with it.It is my hope that I will stick with it if I have someone guiding me along my journey. I have health problems that would be helped so much with regular exercise.
Eating has been not giving as much trouble as in the past. Binging is almost under control and only happens occasionally. For the last while, I have been able to catch it and stop eating before it has become a totally disastrous binge.
I have been logging in to Spark People every day and reading the articles but have not been taking advantage of the support I need in order to stay with my plan. Hopefully, I can change that and make better use of the site. emoticon

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RACHAEL8605 1/21/2014 6:03PM

    Getting a trainer is very exciting!!! I hope all goes well. Feel free to message me to vent anytime!

emoticon Every little bit counts!!!

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FDIXIE 1/21/2014 4:49PM

    Good for you! Keep up the excellent work. I know exactly what you mean about the missing piece being support. I have tried many times to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle and the missing piece has always been the support. I am committed this year to obtain the support by telling my friends my goals (I have never did that before) and actively participating with the sparkpeople community. Good luck to you. We can do this! emoticon

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Back at It

Monday, October 21, 2013

I've been away for a long time but have decided to give it another try. I plan to start by planning and setting weekly and daily goals . I think I will start with the daily goals and try that for a while before getting into longer and more complicated planning because it really is all about one day at a time.
Our life has undergone changes as my husband's dementia is really taking a grip on him now. It is so unpredictable and I am learning how to cope with that. Thankfully he is good humoured and responds well to music when the days become long and boring for him.
Eating is becoming a problem as I find myself not preparing the proper kinds of foods for myself. That will be one of my daily goals for this week. No more quick sandwich meals.


Big Batch Cooking

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My daughter and I spent last Saturday doing some big batch cooking. What a great time we had speculating on how the various dishes would taste. We tried some new recipes and some that we had done before and really liked. I have enough frozen dinners for the next month, actually enough so that I can have two meals a day. I will be enjoying such things as Swedish meatballs, meatball soup, lasagna, chicken paprikash, lazy perogies and beef and pasta. The best part of it all is that there was no salt added to any of them. I have been trying for so long to get rid of the salt in my diet and finally have accomplished it. For now, I am concentrating on eating healthy food, preparing my food from fresh produce and not eating prepacked food. If I can't read all the ingredients listed, I don't eat it.
Portion size is also a top priority, and having the frozen dinners portioned out before freezing is a great way of controlling that.
All the weekend cooking makes me look forward to the rest of the month and the great variety of foods I will be eating. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 4/18/2013 5:51PM

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IKACEY 4/18/2013 4:23AM

    Now that's how you do a healthy life style change! emoticon Its an idea my DH and I have been discussing and this gives me even more ideas. He has to do the cooking and caregiving for me but in this way he could just pop in the microwave and it would be all portioned out already without the bad ingredients that come in processed foods. emoticon for sharing your idea!

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LINOVER 4/17/2013 9:21PM

    Those meals sound really good! Kudos to you for having made all these meals and having frozen them in perfect portions! emoticon

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LALMEIDA 4/17/2013 5:17PM

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KNEWMETODAY 4/17/2013 3:34PM

    Super idea and one that I would do well to explore also. Living alone, sometimes I don't take the time to prepare a meal; it would be really easy if I froze some meals an had healthy choices.

I do cook. Periodically, I have family over for a meal of entirely new (to me) recipes. I get to try something new AND receive input from family. The results have been good, and I think they enjoy the experience too. That may be one of those times when I package/freeze leftovers instead of sending them home with family.


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Trying Again

Monday, March 04, 2013

One small step to becoming an active member of Spark People is to visit the page every day. All I have been doing for quite a long time is getting my log in points and reading the e- mails. Today, I decided to once again take part in more things and become as active as I used to be. I found reading about others inspiring and helped me along the way. I am no longer able to attend weight watchers due to conditions at home so I definitely need help to keep me motivated. I also have some health issues to deal with before I can even think of exercise again. Exercise is not my favorite but I know I must continue to try to make it a habit. So here goes at another try.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/5/2013 12:01PM

    Like anything that is worthwhile, the more you put in the more you get back.
One of the good things about the Spark community is that it is always there. The emphasis on healthy lifestyle provides freedom to choose what we need at various times in our lives. There are those times we simply cannot put in the active time we would like. You have evidently made the choice you need more. I am right there with you. Recovery from health issues and injuries take time. Sometimes it seems as though it is a major setback. However, the lessons gained create strength and build upon the foundation you have begun.
Glad you are with us. emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 3/4/2013 3:44PM

    GO for it!

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