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Sunday, June 05, 2011

This has never happened before. Last night I was putting data in my nutrition tracker. My calorie count was very low and I was not hungry. I kept looking at the ratio of fat/carb/protein graph and the nutrients amounts and trying to choose evening foods to fit what I apparently needed. I'd input foods but couldn't get the calorie count up. It was in the 900's and then 1100 and then 1400 . Getting it to the 1900 range seemed impossible. Now, in the past my calorie could would shoot up to 1900 and over in a flash. And I was inventing things to eat that were way different from what I used to choose. I finally ended up with a late evening "snack" that made the nutrition trcker come out right: spaghetti squash, tomato paste, and parmesan cheese with a glass of Citrucel in water. It satisfied my cravings , made my nutrition numbers come out right, and satisfied me.
Usually I do not have those items in the house. But I have been reading the sparks recipes and Dr. Weil's and Dr. Mercola's recipes and started having more vegetables in the house and more vegetables with potassium. Mercola does not want people to eat much fruit so I have been leaning toward vegetables.

OH-- I had steak last night! I have not had beef for awhile. I think I was craving meat. I looked up calories for beef and I was amazed. Non-fatty cuts of beef are not high in calories. I couldn't believe it.

Point is--last night I was struggling to eat enough calories. How did that happen? My "high" calorie diet is doing something to my hunger-not hunger0cravings-- in a good way.

I am starting to feel satiated for the first time. I ate way too much before but I ate to fall asleep and be numb. I never had the feeling of being satiated. So this is a different feeling for me.

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JINLYNN 6/6/2011 2:26PM

    That is a wonderful feeling - congratulations!

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    Sounds like a beautiful day for nutrition. I need more days like that one.


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RAINBOWCHOC 6/5/2011 9:08AM

    sounds like you are on a winning streak!

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FLORIDAGHOST 6/5/2011 6:31AM

    Great blog and I love the cat on your "wall".

Everyone must find their own "formula" for reaching their goals and it appears that you have found a good key, at least. Keep going, you will keep discovering new things about how you feel and why you feel that way and you will know that you have found another key to your success. They keep coming as long as you keep searching and reaching for your goals.

Keep Sparkling My Friends. emoticon emoticon

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Photos added to gallery

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Adding photos always seemed impossible to me. I knew I could do it, but I never had the ambition to get the job done. Something has changed in me... I did it very easily today. I hope my brain is working better. Chris emoticon

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IDLETYME 6/5/2011 7:43AM

    We keep learning, don't we! I haven't learned the "pictures" yet! (but will)!
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    Congratulations on a new skill. It took me a while too. I still struggle when trying to change or add things.

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ILLINITEACHER52 6/4/2011 7:43PM

  You are inspiring! I have yet to figure it out but a friend promised me some lessons this summer.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 6/4/2011 6:32PM

    I remember how good I felt when I was finally able to figure out how to post photos!

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PARKERB2 6/4/2011 5:59PM

    Thanks. I will take a look at them.

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Do I dare hope........

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Your calorie goal is 2332 a day says livestrong.com
to lose 1 lb. peer week at my present weight.

So far, eating this number of calories per day has been successful for me. the first day I faced not going over that by late evening eating, I begged you all for help. You were wonderful and encouraging. Honestly I did not think I could do that.

People who are eating way fewer caleries , let me do this experiment without comment........please.

Late evening eating has been a problem for over 30? 40? years with only temporary stoppages.

I am on my way to water aerobics. I will weigh myself there. It will show if this new experiment is working.

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  I think I'd trust the livestrong site. I wish you all the best. I know for me, sometimes I'm more hungry, and if I really pay attention to that, rather than just wanting to munch, I know that some days I need more food than others. I just try to stay with real foods, mostly organic or at least not full of junk like high fructose corn syrup. Going gluten free makes that part easier. Few GF foods have HFC in them.
I'll be looking forward to your results from the experiment. :)

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JINLYNN 6/4/2011 6:11PM

    All of us are different and not all programs or eating plans suit everyone. Best wishes as you work your program towards health and weight loss.

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OOLALA53 6/4/2011 2:16PM

    I think that is a wonderful experiment, and I wouldn't even worry about the scale until it got easy to eat that amount. People always try to go faster and it is often a big mistake, IMHO. It is always easier to adjust downwards than to try to get used to a little too fast. Get happy with your success at sticking to that amount, if it's challenging. You deserve to feel successful! emoticon

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RWALTON730 6/4/2011 11:01AM

    Best of luck to you! emoticon

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1AVERY 6/4/2011 9:25AM

    The weight loss clinic I go to tells you how many calories you need to lose 1 lb. a week also. So your experiment should work but make sure you change the calorie intake when you lose over 8 lbs.
I should weigh myself so that I can get started back on track again. Because you have a lot of weight to lose you can cut back on the calories and lose more weight a week if you find that is too much food for you.
Remember your sparkfriends are always here to support or just listen. Teri emoticon

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LADYRH 6/4/2011 6:29AM

    Keep us posted on the results.

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CAM2438 6/4/2011 6:26AM

    Good luck with your experiment.

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Leg cramps-severe-- after exercise

Friday, June 03, 2011

I thought I had these leg cramps cured long ago!

I was taking potassium, calcium, and magnesium. The drug stores don't sell big bottles of potassium anymore. My doctor said people were dying from taking too much potassium. so I have not had those potassium pills in at least 2 months. Lately, I have been lax with my meds so I did not get them daily. I certainly will be more careful about that.

I ate lots of cantaloupe last week. Stop and Shop had HUGE ones. Potassium is in that.

To cure my cramps tonight I massaged my leg and then when I could walk I had water and the Ca and Mg pills. I just ate the last of the cantaloupe. And I have been walking around the condo.

I had a strong water aerobic exercise class tonight but I forgot my water shoes. So the movements were different.

Before when I had cramps, I also drank diet quinine water.

Tonight I was screaming in pain for quite a few minutes till the cramp let up.

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MJK0430 6/3/2011 3:59PM

    My Ultra runner friends swear by Tums if they know it's not caused by dehydration.

Good luck!

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ANEWTATIANA 6/3/2011 12:58PM

    My mother's doctor advised her to drink a glass of tonic water each day. It has helped a lot. On the other hand, it may be the little bit of gin that she puts in it :)

PS: Your cat is beautiful.

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RWALTON730 6/3/2011 9:36AM

    Oh sweetie, I am so sorry to hear this. Night time leg cramps are the worse. I used to have them quite a bit in summer, but haven't in several years now. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and staying well hydrated will help with the cramps, too. I hope you can find relief soon.


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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/3/2011 7:17AM

    I understand all too well. Last week I had one of those episodes - the worst I had ever had. Sounds like you know part of the culprit of yours - using new muscles. In my case I hadn't been consistant with my mag and wasn't drinking much more than the recommended amounts of water.

I had never heard of spray-on magnesium. That's something to look into.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/3/2011 7:08AM

    I understand all too well. Last week I had one of those episodes - the worst I had ever had. Sounds like you know part of the culprit of yours - using new muscles. In my case I hadn't been consistant with my mag and wasn't drinking much more than the recommended amounts of water.

I had never heard of spray-on magnesium. That's something to look into.

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RAINBOWCHOC 6/3/2011 5:34AM

    I feel your pain! I remember night cramps when I was pregnant, only had one child!!
Hope you find a good remedy soon, best wishes, Sandra

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SKYRUNHER 6/3/2011 4:20AM

    Don't forget that bananas have a lot of potassium as well. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.. I hope it gets better for you.

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GRAMMACATHY 6/3/2011 3:52AM

    Our water aerobics teacher made us keep bottled water on the pool side. She said the cramps were from dehydration. It seemed to help.

Were you adequately hydrated?

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PATTYOMALLEY 6/3/2011 2:52AM

    The absolute best thing I have ever found for muscle cramping is magnesium, so you are on the right track.... the easiest form to use (and quickest for relief of painful muscle cramps) is in the liquid spray on form- called Magnesium oil, it is available online (amazon.com or DermaMag.com). I am a huge fan of it and can't say enough about it. Magnesium releases muscle contractions- please do try it, I'd love to hear back that you got wonderful relief from this fabulous product. Feel free to spark mail me if you have any questions on my experience with it :)

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I was successful last evening! Thanks!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I did eat late in the evening but I had a whole bag of frozen cauliflower(cooked!) and about a cup of frozen green peppers(cooked) mixed in. the combination was tasty and filling. I can't believe I actually succeeded! I am really trying hard not to blow this.

I have spent many years daily messing up a healthy day's eating with late night eating of heavy, calorie laden foods. I really did not think I could control myself even one night.

today was unusual because I was so busy, I had not much time to think of food. that is very rare. I woke up late and (as usual) for lunch I just threw stuff into a plastic bag and a plastic food container: cheese, bing cherries, a handful of red leafed lettuce. I ate each of these during the school day whenever I could. Even my last 2 classes I was unusually active because I had some gym equipment we took outside. the day was sunny but breezy and not hoe. We played catch, pickle in the middle and I did some one-on-one stuff with a tall, gangly boy who has CP. He is awkward and looks like his legs will break off, but he did what I asked and I walked alongside him. After school I went to look at the dorm kids ready for their prom. Wow! Their outfits were dazzling!

Then, I went to water aerobics. I had a very full day! the health aide came at 8:00 pm to put my husband in bed. I have had the evening aides for a month now. It is so wonderful to be freed from that responsibility. My husband is not happy with it. Well, I am much more relaxed. So: "Tough Bongies!" He was also mad because I expected him to actually eat the lunch and dinner Meals on Wheels brings! He went hungry rather than eat that. "Tough Bongies!"

I can afford to eat a few more calories today so I had a glass of wine and later brown rice with Brummel and Brown yogurt spread.

Thank you for all your supporting messages yesterday! I definitely needed the kind words!


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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/4/2011 8:14AM

    Marvelous! You did great!

Love the "hubby" attitude. Sometimes we have to turn to the tough love approach.

(((bubble hugs)))

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JINLYNN 6/3/2011 12:08PM

    Glad to hear you had a successful day!

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CANDOK1260 6/3/2011 5:59AM

    water aerboic and wine sounds like you know how to relax

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ILLINITEACHER52 6/2/2011 9:59PM

  Way to go!!!!!!!

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