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Things Are Not Always What They Seem

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Last night I watched the Biggest Loser. I used to think this was an exploitation, reality type show and thought it gave a poor image of overweight people. I was opposed to it, but I didn't watch it. It was just the idea of it. Now I've seen 2 episodes and have a different opinion. These people are working hard and show strength and determination. They have the same strengths and weaknesses of anyone but they definitely aren't lazy, a common misconception people have about overweight people. While I would never go on a show like that, I can understand why the participants have done it and applaud their effort and weight loss. I believe the techniques are too strenuous for everyday people and the weight losses each week are unrealistic for the long term, these people are actively trying to change their lifestyle and eating. I also learned something about myself. I should not have formed my negative opinion about the show without watching it. Things are not always what they seem.

  
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LOULOUBELLE2 10/7/2009 11:34AM

    I agree, things are not always as they seem.......but I have watched several episodes and don't care to any more. The contestants work very hard but always seen to be treated negatively. I just don't believe that ANYONE should be treated that way. Besides all that screaming turns me off completely........
Lots of people do indeed like that show and that's their choice, it's just not mine.
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Hungry Days

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Every so often I get what I call "hungry days". I just feel hungry all day. Yesterday was another one of them. On my hungry days I usually eat about 2000 calories. I decided to stop and analyze yesterday to try and get a handle on what happens. There are a bunch of factors. One is that my calorie count has been on the lower edge of my range for about a week. Another is that it has gotten very cold suddenly. I am bored at work and didn't do my noon day walk at work because of the rain and cold. Another reason is that I didn't drink enough water or fight my urges to eat when they came. I also had a fibro day and hurt all over. Now, I could use all these things as excuses (which I did) or I can just push thru and do what I need to do (like one of the articles on SP that I read today said). I am not going to beat myself up over these days, but I can handle them better. In this life journey I am on, each day is important and each choice is important so I need to pay attention and not slide. I was supposed to do my fasting blood sugar today, but since I ate chocolate and peanut butter yesterday I am going to wait another day and eat a more typical menu today so I can see what my reading is when I am eating healthfully because that is the way I am going to eat daily. Right? Right!

  
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RURAL3 10/6/2009 9:18PM

    yours was yesterday, mine was today. I have decided also not to beat myself up over it. You have a great outlook on life Nancy. I think we will always have days like this in our lives. Even the skinniest of people do. Picking ourselves up and going on is the best way. Thanks for your blog.

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GRANDMAZ23 10/6/2009 8:16AM

  Very good blog! You hit the nail on the head with severaly of your comments. I think we all can relate to "hungry days" just like you, but you expressed it clearer than I ever could. Thanks for the insight and suggestions!
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MYSPARKS7 10/6/2009 8:11AM

    Atta girl emoticon

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ANDREWMOM 10/6/2009 8:10AM

    My "Hungry Days' are usually the day after the gym... I burn so much that my body wants it back. I try to distract myself by drinking water and drink tea, hot water... even munch on crushed ice to try to trick my body into tinking I am snacking. I also chew gum... that seems to work sometimes.

Good for you for thinking positive!

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It Breaks my Heart

Monday, October 05, 2009

My DH and I had friends up to our cabin this weekend. The male friend is 58 and had a heart attack last year. My DH has been walking with him daily since that time. However, if my DH can't walk our friend just stays at home and doesn't walk. He works at home on a computer and spends the whole day sitting. I knew this but it didn't hit me fully until I went on a hike in the mountains with his wife. She is just frantic. She is 10 years younger than him is worried sick that she is going to lose him. I told her about my fight with obesity, lack of exercise and bad health and about the things I am doing now. I told her about Metabolic Syndrome and she said "He has all those things." I told her about Spark People and the food tracking, exercise program and community support. I told her about the 28 pounds I have lost. She was really excited and asked me to share all of these things with her DH. She said "Maybe he'll here it from someone who's been there too. Well at dinner we started talking food and calories and I went into my description of my journey. He could have cared less, he wasn't listening and when his wife asked him "What do you think about that" he said "Oh, did you mistake me for someone who cares?"

Now I have some idea of how my DH feels when I eat poorly and sit around without exercising. It must break his heart, because our friend's reaction broke my heart.

  
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RURAL3 10/5/2009 10:48PM

    Men...humpf I think he heard you loud and clear but didn't want anyone to know. He probably figures his wife put you up to talking to him (and she did). Men can get very defensive about that kind of stuff. I asked someone to talk to my DH about a men's retreat and he figured it out and blew it off just because it was my idea. I think we are all stubborn on occasion. I believe he heard you and may check it out later when it is his idea. Or as someone else said...just send him the Spark People invite saying "just in case you are interested"
You did good Nancy

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WATERMELLEN 10/5/2009 7:25PM

    You might consider emailing him the SparkPeople link . . . maybe with a little joke such as "actually I DID mistake you for a person who cares . . ." because I know how much you care about your wife who is quite worried about you!

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ENUFF81020 10/5/2009 5:30PM

    Hi there,

I agree with Angelfire--men do handle feelings and emotions differently. He may feel as if she is bugging him too much on the topic, and even though we know that if bugging a loved one gets their attention to make a shift and care for themself then we must bug away, someone being bugged will fight it harder.

I hope that you made sure he had the website name or at least knew it was "Spark People" so he could google it and find it. Anyone who is on the computer that long will eventually investigate things out of curiosity. I am sure you were a good source of information, now just hang in there and wait.

Great job for your friend and her DH. You are a great friend and I'm glad that we share a team together and are teammates. Take care!!

Hugs, Sylvia

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KATVHALE 10/5/2009 10:15AM

  Don't give up on him or yourself! He was definitely listening and he does care!! He just doesn't want to admit it right now. He is probably a little scared for himself too and knows he should be doing more to get fit and healthy but he doesn't want to hear it from others because then he will have to commit to doing something that he probably doesn't really want to do although he knows he should!

You keep spreading the spark and showing folks are well you are doing; you are an inspiration to others!

Kat

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NANCYBFULLER 10/5/2009 9:27AM

    Don't get discouraged.

Maybe you can remember back to before you started this journey. Do you remember how sensitive you were to any remark anyone made that you needed to lose weight?
It made me feel like I was not accepted as a person.

Those remarks like, "You mistook me for someone who cared" are shields to keep us from getting hurt.

The only way anyone will ever change is when they feel accepted for who they are either way, and they are give the freedom to change or not to change. After all it is a very individual thing.

My husband is obese. I am learning he has some health challenges that make him obese. My question is which came first the health challenges or the obesity. I think one feeds upon the other. My point is, that everything isn't always what it seems.

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SOPHIKKO 10/5/2009 9:22AM

    Wow, that is really hard to take a response like that.

You never know just how many other people you have touched with your journey though.

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JUST-AMY 10/5/2009 9:19AM

    Ouch! I'm sorry. Better go walk and sweat this one off. emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 10/5/2009 9:12AM

    Even if he didn't sound enthused, maybe he took it to heart. I thibk sometimes it is hard for men to accept help. I hope he listened and will have it run through his mind when he is sitting. Hope it helps to know that spreading the Spark is right even when we don't know if it will have an impact.

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Thrown for a Loop

Friday, October 02, 2009

I saw the endocrinologist yesterday for my thyroid nodule and as I suspected I will need to have another biopsy. She agreed with me that my risk is low, but I need to have it checked. I will post results after the test.

BUT - She handed me an unexpected challenge. After being pleased that my BP, cholesterol, and Blood Sugar were improved this year, my new endocrinologist (I didn't like the one I saw last year for the thyroid problem) told me I have Metabolic Syndrome which puts me at high risk for Diabetes, Stroke and Cardiac problems. Since both my parents died from Heart Disease, I took notice. I had heard a little about Metabolic Syndrome but not much and didn't realize I had it. In brief The key points are:

1. Elevated waist circumference:
Men — Equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
Women — Equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)
2. Elevated triglycerides:
Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL
3. Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol:
Men — Less than 40 mg/dL
Women — Less than 50 mg/dL
4. Elevated blood pressure:
Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg
5. Elevated fasting glucose:
Equal to or greater than 100 mg/dL

I have all 5 signs. Although the only one that is way out of whack is my waist measurement.

So....I will be taking a 2 hour Glucose Tolerance Test next week and if it is abnormal I will be started on an Oral Hypoglycemic to manage my blood sugar.

I was shocked and a little numb. I went from elation about the results of the Physical to shock that I had so many risk factors and that no one had told me until I finally started to manage my lifestyle thru Spark People.

After sleeping on it, I have decided to be glad that I know I have this and to have the ability to change it. I will be working even harder on my lifestyle changes.


  
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ENUFF81020 10/4/2009 3:40AM

    Hi there,

I stopped by to welcome you to the OA of the Lower Back team and I started reading your posts to meet you. I think it took courage to share such important and yet personal information here as early as you are into your Sparks program. I am proud of you...and it is important to absorb the idea that it is changeable. You are on the right path and can only get better because you value it. All of this will help you in dealing with your back pain as well. Think of where you will be in a month, two, New Years! Congratulations on being on your way. I hope that we can work together and get to a really special place in steady time.

God bless you,
Sylvia

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TIPPIMITCHELL 10/3/2009 4:13PM

  I can imagine how you must feel hit upside the head. How wonderful though that you know what you need to do and that you can take steps to manage things and control your health as best you can. I believe you'll be fine. Good for you. You sound really smart. I'm pulling for you.

I'm sorry for the loss of your parents. It's a tough loss.

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LMMONTES 10/2/2009 10:52PM

    Oh yes god bless the whole bunch of emoticon emoticon emoticon and I hope you can just emoticon emoticon

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JUST-AMY 10/2/2009 8:17PM

    Daisy dear--check in with me here....I got my thyroid removed in 2006. I got diagnosed as insulin resistant two days before you did....(another way to say "metabolic syndrome"). My doctor put me on a range of 35-55 carbs per day and NOTHING white carbs, like no white bread, white flour, white sugar, or white rice. The first two days were rough, then today I felt like a million bucks! So we shall see. I get my fasting labs drawn tomorrow. I have the large waist size and high cholesterol, etc. also.

Good luck and please keep us posted. I do wish you the best. Thank you for sharing. We are here for you!

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LOULOUBELLE2 10/2/2009 7:18PM

    Hi Daisy,
Don't blame you being thrown for a loop. You totally hadn't expected that...But thanks for posting the numbers...I'm having my yearly physical next week and will definately ask him about this. Thanks for sharing.
You are making good decisions for your health. This growing older is not as easy as described to me in "The Golden Years". Heck it takes lots of courage to be where we are.
Prayers are with you. Please keep us posted.
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RURAL3 10/2/2009 3:03PM

    It sounds like all those points would be common for most overweight people. And all of them can be changed. You are doing a great job of changing all of it. I think you will quickly come out of it and be free from it. Everything was improved this year and will continue to improve. You should be very proud of what you have done. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATVHALE 10/2/2009 10:04AM

  Daisy, my DH is a Type II Diabetic and he too, had a nodule or goiter on his Thyroid. It was benign but it was growing so he had 1/2 of his Thyroid removed. It was out patient surgery and he had no side effects afterwards. I just say that in case they want to remove the nodule. As far as the Diabetes, it is controllable and manageable. Just try not to eat anything that has more than 6 grams of Sugar in the ingredients. My DH uses Splenda and I always cook with Whole Wheat Flour and Pastas and I buy Sugar Free products which don't taste bad because I too, eat them.

Just stay focused and stick to your exercise routine and maybe step it up a bit so you can lose those inches around your waist. Don't worry about it. Now that you know the risks you can begin to overcome them!

God Bless You!

Kat

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GRANDMAZ23 10/2/2009 9:08AM

  Daisy - Thank goodness you changed doctors! I know you're worried about the possible medical conditions you could develop but you're on the right track now, doing the things that will help you to live a long and healthy life. Don't let the "possible" get you down. Thanks also for sharing the information about the elements of Metabolic Syndrome -- it looks like I have most of the key elements myself! You continue to take good care of yourself and keep us updated on your situation.
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GGCHET 10/2/2009 9:04AM

    gosh, sorry you have all this to deal with but........you got it right....."ability to change this". You can do it....Knowledge is power!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECKYI39 10/2/2009 8:15AM

    It does sound like you were given a lot to think about, but it sounds like this new Doctor is better in that he/she want to keep you as healthy as possible.

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CHERIE682 10/2/2009 8:01AM

    That is a wake up call! My thoughts and prayers will be with you! Keep on sparking and get those numbers where they need to be!

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ALBA06 10/2/2009 7:51AM

  i'm sorry you have so much to think about but you have a very good attitude. it is important you know these things about yourself so you can do the things that will help you take care of them. i know its overwhelming and i understand i have diabetes and if follows me like an unwanted shadow, but better i know and do the right things than not know and have a problem. i wish you the very best and hope you will get it all in some order you can deal with. best wishes , melissa emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 10/2/2009 7:44AM

    Wow, what a shock!! I'll be thinking of you! You are right though, at least you do have the ability to change it. If you need any support, drop me a line, I'm on this site daily! Take care and good luck! Lyn emoticon emoticon

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Thyroid Issues

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Last year during my physical the doctor found an enlarged thyroid. Ultrasound showed I had 3 nodules. Biopsy showed they were non malignant. This year the ultrasound showed that one of the nodules has grown by 25% so today I see an endocrinologist. I think she will recommend another biopsy. I don't want to have the procedure done, but I will. I'm pretty confident it will be negative again, but its a stress just the same. All my thyroid blood tests were normal so I'm sure its nothing. I'll be glad to have this behind me.

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POLYANASUNSHINE 10/1/2009 7:54PM

    I will be praying for negative test results. Seems like it is always something to keep us worrying! emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 10/1/2009 6:59PM

    I hope everything will be OK. I am just like you, if all the labs came back OK, I am sure it will turn out to be nothing. I got all my cardiac tests back except one and so far everything is OK. Keep Smiling.
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REDCAT4 10/1/2009 1:51PM

    I will be praying for you that positive results to your tests.
I will ask for complete healing. I too had the same problem but mine ended in surgery. Removal of my thyroid. I take meds for the rest of my life. It is one of the reason I gained so much weight which lead me to SP. I have had a struggle losing the weight but with God first, Sparkpeople and lots of exercise I am where I am today.

But you are going to be healed....We are going to believe that!

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LOULOUBELLE2 10/1/2009 11:45AM

    Pray that test prove negative...but you have to check for your peace of mind. I agree take Bucky for a long walk, not sure about the swimming, pretty darn cool for that unless you go to an indoor pool. know my prayers are with you.

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RURAL3 10/1/2009 8:17AM

    As we age gracefully in life there is always something to keep us stressed. Get out there and do your walk with Bucky and swim swim swim. It is so nice that we can exercise off some of that now. I will be praying for your good test results. emoticon

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