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This is Starting to Feel Normal!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

After 9 months of increasing my physical activity and changing my eating habits, I have to say that this is beginning to feel like the norm. I don't have to think as much about my choices of food. My appetite is now directing me towards healthier non processed options. I crave good food. I am eating in restaurants without trepidation. I can choose the food I want to eat and make requests of the servers. I exercise every day without even thinking of it being exercise. Most days my step count is in the 1200 to 1400 step range. It just feels natural. My back doesn't hurt constantly. I am not tired. I am enthusiastic about going out and doing things. I am loving life. Even this small injury of the ITB Friction Syndrome in my knee is not setting me back. I am just swimming more. My attitude and outlook are good and it feels normal to feel good. I just can't say enough how grateful I am that I found this program and took its principles to heart. To be in a community of people who are trying to better their health and fitness one day at a time, slowly, and sanely. It is wonderful.

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KOFFEENUT 4/22/2010 10:39PM

    This is awesome!

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CALGALFOX 4/22/2010 4:39PM

    Amen.

Isn't it amazing how the cleaner you eat, the cleaner you want to eat? You can taste the "sweet" or "peppery" in the natural taste of good food. Have you noticed too that processed food tastes chemically...or just a little funny?

Woo hoo for you to be finding this path is leading you to better health!

Carol

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INDYAMYP 4/22/2010 9:53AM

    It is so good to know that it is possible for this to become a normal way of life. In the beginning, where I am, I really have to think about every single decision. Sometimes I have to force myself to get my exercise in. To hear you say that these feelings won't last forever is so encouraging.

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HANGINON 4/22/2010 9:30AM

    Good for you! Sounds like you're on the right path. emoticon

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HINOTO 4/22/2010 8:38AM

    I'm so glad you are starting to feel this way. Up until I crashed from my depression, I was starting to feel the same way too. I was amazed that I was making good choices so easily when I was on vacation! Hopefully we can both still feel this way forever!!

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AELARLEE1 4/22/2010 8:11AM

    What an encouragement! Thanks for posting!

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Keeping it Moderate!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I've backed down on my exercise and activity a little this week. First of all, the training plan I have for walking the 5k on Saturday has me only walking 30 min a day this week so I am following it. Second, the ITB Syndrome is getting a little better with the decreased activity so I don't want to have it flare up again on Saturday. Third, I think I was going a little overboard recently and was getting overly tired from so much exercise. Resting a little has helped me relax and be more comfortable in my body and in my mind. I love losing weight and becoming fit, but I enjoy living comfortably in my body more. Part of this journey is learning to be active and enjoying it! One step at a time, I am learning new things constantly!

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RURAL3 4/22/2010 1:41PM

    We never stop learning.

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HINOTO 4/21/2010 10:47AM

    Good for you for recognizing that you needed to slow down! I've had to do that a few times myself, and I always feel better after doing so :)

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Interesting Comparison

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tonight DH and I went out to Applebee's for his birthday dinner. My treat! I got the WW chicken dijon with portabello mushrooms, a glass of white wine and a hot fudge shooter. I really splurged for 828 calories for dinner, but only 1648 for the day.

DH (who does not have a weight problem) had a reuben sandwich, a glass of Sam Adams beer and the triple chocolate meltdown for 1492 calories for one meal.

I'm tellin' you...it aint fair, but that's the way it is. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and don't feel guilty at all.

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RURAL3 4/22/2010 1:41PM

    glad you got to enjoy the celebration without guilt. emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 4/21/2010 1:06AM

    They always have it the easyist--But they are built so different than we are. I would rather have the ability to have babies.

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60SIXTY 4/21/2010 12:58AM

    You exhibited great self control. That is THE Lifestyle.
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ENUFF81020 4/21/2010 12:02AM

    It seems that a good time was had by all...I'm glad that you had a nice time and kept in control as well. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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TORNADO40 4/20/2010 9:53PM

    Your husband sound like mine. He is very thin and can eat pretty much what he wants to eat. I have to watch everything I eat. I would not even be able to eat 800 calories at a restaurant!
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Glad you enjoyed it. I wonder how many times we eat things and don't really enjoy them.

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HINOTO 4/20/2010 9:19PM

    Hey it sounds like you did pretty well at dinner. I think an occasional splurge isn't gonna hurt ya though. Glad you had fun! :)

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NO_SNOW_BODY 4/20/2010 9:04PM

    glad you enjoyed your meal.

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Bits and Pieces

Monday, April 19, 2010

After 3 weeks, I lost another pound. emoticon

I didn't let the little plateau bother me. I know I am losing weight and changing my body and my health. It is just slower now. That's ok! Patience is a virtue I am learning.

We had a really quiet weekend at the cabin. It was rainy and cloudy so I only walked one day. I did read 3 books!

I just realized I forgot to add my 9 month Sparkaversary icon so I added it today along with changing my ticker.

The 5k race is Saturday and I am a little nervous, but I am going to use that fear to encourage and motivate me. I am following a 5k training guide so this week I tone my exercise down and just do 30 min walks. I hope my tendonitis doesn't flare up. I found out that what I have is called Ilio Tibial Band Friction Syndrome and I found some stretching exercises that really help. It's good to know what I was dealing with. I asked one of the MD's at work about my symptoms. She is a marathoner and has lots of exprience. She knew just what I was talking about and gave me the name. I looked up the syndrome and found the exercises. I thought I was going to have to go to PT and pay a bunch, but these exercises seem to be doing the trick!

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LOULOUBELLE2 4/20/2010 1:32AM

    Good luck with that 5K this weekend.....Wish I could be there to cheer you on. emoticon emoticon

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ASHLEEWEBART 4/20/2010 12:52AM

    This is good news. I am just now realizing how important the stretching exercises are. I am glad you found a solution.

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GABY1948 4/19/2010 6:17PM

    Good going, Nancy, I love when I can figure out something on my own and avoid the doctor/expensive treatments! Hope it all works out great for you!

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RURAL3 4/19/2010 2:31PM

    That darn IT Band is a pain in the...leg....I had that too and if I don't keep it stretched it flairs. Guess it keeps us accountable to our stretcing. Good luck on your 5K and have fun with it. My 1 year SP Anniversary is tomorrow. Time sure flies. emoticon emoticon

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HARTINGL52 4/19/2010 10:17AM

    I appreciate you sharing your fears. You are strong and you will do what you need to do. Take care emoticon

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CATLADY52 4/19/2010 9:47AM

    It's great to find out what's bothering you and how to alleviate the problem. Good luck with your 5K this weekend.
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Good Start to the Day

Friday, April 16, 2010

I found out that our application for Long Term Care Insurance was accepted! emoticon

Four years ago I was denied because of my weight, BP, Blood Glucose and Cholesterol.

Also, I just got back from a slow 4 mile walk around our local park. I feel good!

  
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ENUFF81020 4/19/2010 12:36AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon news, my friend!!
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ASPENHUGGER 4/17/2010 11:15AM

    That's awesome!

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KOFFEENUT 4/16/2010 2:14PM

    Wow - that is great news! Congratulations on tangible evidence of how much difference your healthy lifestyle has made in your life!

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RURAL3 4/16/2010 12:28PM

    And all this started or became possible because you decided to get healthy and do something for yourself.
BTW: I keep meaning to if I haven't told you already that you look great. What an amazing difference from your older pictures. You have done well my friend. emoticon

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GABY1948 4/16/2010 11:37AM

    Good for you! It is the little things that sometimes make us happiest!

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