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Best Laid Plans

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I was ready to start the new year with a bang, but life got in the way, I've had a cold since Tuesday and instead of getting better it has gone in to my lungs and triggered my asthma,. I've been pretty sick the last few days and haven't been able to kee[ up with my plans. I haven't been eating much and its been mainly soup. I haven't exercised since Thursday.

We had to come down from the mountains early cause I just couldn't breath up there. All I've been doing is sitting in a recliner or lying in bed for 4 days. I sure hope I start feeling better soon.

I haven't been able to start my 28 day challenge, but have decided I'll just start it on the day I feel better anhd go on from there.

Darn viruses!

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JRSWHIMSY 1/3/2011 3:44PM

    Stupid life... but it beats the alternative! Hope you get better quick, keep that star in view!

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AELARLEE1 1/3/2011 10:43AM

    So sorry to hear this -- but wise of you to be patient and wait. You can come back after being "down" for a bit, so don't rush it.


Drink your tea and orange juice!!

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CARLANNIE 1/3/2011 9:11AM

    I hate those pesky cold germs. Good idea on the 28-day challenge. I am starting today, after my plan to start Saturday backfired due to bad headache. Hope you feel better SOON!

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HINOTO 1/3/2011 2:46AM

    Oh no, I definitely sympathize with how crappy you feel right now! I really hope you feel better soon Nancy!

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CERIUSLY 1/2/2011 7:54PM

    That was me last week. 10 days it lasted. The only thing to do is rest and get well and get back into things slowly.

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DKELLEY35 1/2/2011 6:29PM

    Get the rest you need over exerting now could be dangerous to your health. take it easy and get plenty of fluids.

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GATOR12 1/2/2011 6:19PM

    Take care and get your health and cold better then you can work on rest, exercise etc.

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SMILEYBEE 1/2/2011 5:50PM

    Rest up and get better! I've had a cold that won't go away since Thanksgiving week and so I understand how discouraging that is. Give yourself time to mend before trying too much exercise. Hope you'll recover quickly!

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RURAL3 1/2/2011 5:23PM

    Go with the flow. Make sure you are better before you get back to the heavy stuff. God is saying this is your time of rest. You will use it wisely. emoticon

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OURELEE1 1/2/2011 5:04PM

  Take care. Just rest. Sometimes that is the best medicine. emoticon

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PJRHOPEFUL 1/2/2011 4:14PM

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I really do feel with you and that is literally. I have had the cold for almost 2 weeks now and am hacking so hard that I almost throw up. I thought surely it will be over so I can start this challenge, but no, I am still not sleeping at night because of the hacking cough. It is disappointing, but I am still optimistic that I will be able to start in a couple of days. I know I would not be up to the exercise at this point. Hope you can start within a couple days as well because it is over the end of January. Thankfully, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Wish you the best in your weight loss program.

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My Most Important Lesson this Year

Friday, December 31, 2010

Is to keep on going. No matter what.

This past year's journey to health and fitness has been different from previous ones in this aspect. I have not given up! I keep on going. Spark and its users have taught me that. I have been on a plateau of about 3 pounds for several months now. Up and down. Down and up. It would be easy to get discouraged, but I am not. Each day is a new day. I just keep on going. I have had a few days of eating mindlessly, but I come right back and start eating healthfully. I refuse to get discouraged. Discouragement would lead to weight gain. Keeping on going has lead to weight maintenance at 185 to 188. That is sure a lot better than going back to the 270 where I started.

The new year is starting and I just joined the 28 day Challenge team to start the new year. I did this last January and lost 10 pounds in the month. I know I won't lose that much this year, but I thought it would be a good idea to jump start the new year.

I am fighting a bad cold. I have asthma and every cold I get goes to my chest so I am feeling kind of bad with lots of congestion and difficulty breathing. I am not exercising and am drinking lots of fluids but I feel rotten (physically not emotionally). I didn't gain any weight this week (I'm at 186) so that is good, but hate the state of not exercising. Next week hopefully I'll be able to get back into the swing of things. I walked my c25k week 9 day 2 on Wednesday but feel too bad to try it today. So my last day of c25k will have to wait til next week.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and that you will be back with me to keep on going next year!

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RURAL3 1/2/2011 5:25PM

    Get well and don't give up. Lessons learned

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AELARLEE1 1/2/2011 12:32PM

    Hey friend - I joined the team too and anticipate it helping me get a good start to the year. I love your perspective and plan to make my mantra -- just keep going. I found that this last year I made progress in coming back after little failures as well. I know that will pay off this year.

Blessings in 2011!!

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SMILEYBEE 12/31/2010 4:30PM

    Hang in there Nancy! You're doing great! Happy New Year!

Get well quick and get back on your exercises that you love!

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TRIGFROST 12/31/2010 3:42PM

    Happy New Year SparkFriend...2011 will be a emoticon Year...

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KAELBEE 12/31/2010 1:16PM

    Keep hanging in there. Good luck with your 28 day Challenge.

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ETAGGEL 12/31/2010 10:46AM

    I hope you feel better soon and may the coming year be as successful as this year has been for you.

A very Happy and Healthy New Year!

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CARLANNIE 12/31/2010 10:23AM

    2011 is bound to be a good year for you when you have such a great, positive attitude! Let's shock these bodies of our into high performance! Happy New Year!
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ILUVTOTAT 12/31/2010 10:10AM

    I hope this year is as great as your last year!

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DDOORN 12/31/2010 9:04AM

    What an AWESOME year it's been for you!

Keep the SPARK for the healthiest, happiest year YET in 2011!


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Christmas with the Grandkids

Saturday, December 25, 2010

We went to Texas for an early Christmas with our daughter's family. My daughter is a police officer who has to work 12 hour shifts Fri, Sat and Sunday this Christmas. So we had Christmas on Thursday. We had a really nice visit. We opened up one present each Christmas Eve which is our tradition and had gingerbread and egg nog which is also our tradition. I had 1 piece of gingerbread and no eggnog so I didn't do too badly. Christmas morning was fun and then we played with the "Move"( like the Wii Fit) that we got them for Christmas. They really enjoyed it. We relaxed for the rest of the day. DD made a ham for lunch and we snacked on the ham for supper.

Nice family day! AND I stayed within my calorie range the whole visit!

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RURAL3 12/27/2010 1:53PM

    sounds like you had a great Christmas.
Where in Texas? I have a sister, a sister-in-law and family and my daughter is planning on moving there this spring.

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LOULOUBELLE2 12/27/2010 1:07PM

    So glad that you were able to get to Texas without any bad snow storms to contend with......Sounds as if you really enjoyed your visit, family is so important all year, but especially at this time of the year. Happy New Year Nancy to you and yours.

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ETAGGEL 12/26/2010 1:10PM

    i am so pleased you enjoyed your Christmas with your family, there is nothing like it! Building memories!

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PUGRAD1995 12/25/2010 7:06PM

    Special memories are the blessing of Christmas. emoticon

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UUCEEJAY 12/25/2010 3:56PM

    What a blessing to spend time with family! emoticon emoticon

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RWALTON730 12/25/2010 11:52AM

    Sounds like a great Christmas with the family.

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SMILEYBEE 12/25/2010 11:41AM

    Merry Christmas Nancy! Sounds like you had a great time with your daughter and her family. We're having a wonderful Christmas too. Church followed by our traditional clam chowder last night, then opened son Adam's family gift ... guitar hero. Played late. Son-in-law is cooking breakfast now and we'll open gifts later on ... so I'm just doing a quick check-in on SparkPeople.

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Let's Shake it Up!

Monday, December 20, 2010

After having a couple of poor weeks and going up 3 pounds from my low, I decided I had to shake it up! So....

I changed my carb protein fat ratio and have been eating more proteins. For the last week I have been following a 40% carb 30% protein 30 % fat ratio

I tried a few different workouts. I used the stair stepper and the rowing machine along with keeping up on my c2 5 K (I completed week 7)

I added Yoga to my routine as frequently as I could fit it in

I increased my weights on my strength training but decreased the frequency to 2 x week

These feel like good changes and I actually dropped 2 of the 3 pounds!


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RURAL3 12/23/2010 12:54AM

    way to go Nancy. I need to get my eating back on track. Still working out just need to set goals for eating

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/22/2010 11:28AM

    Nice way to pick yourself back up. Switch it up gets us out of the ruts and off our b__s! Victoria

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DDOORN 12/20/2010 9:36PM

    Good for you to switch around your routine!


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SMILEYBEE 12/20/2010 12:38PM

    Good for you Nancy! Keep up the good work!

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HIKESHAPPY 12/20/2010 11:29AM

    Congratulations! WOO HOO!

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RWALTON730 12/20/2010 9:04AM

    WOW! That is excellent! It's amazing how the body will respond with a few simple changes. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 12/20/2010 8:01AM

    That's awesome that you were able to pinpoint what was wrong. "They" do say to mix it up with the exercise and your body will respond. WTG!!!

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Poor Decision OR Sensible Solution?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I don't know if I am a wimp or a cop out or if I was just doing my best (which was my intention) BUT ,,, Yesterday was the Christmas Party for my new knitting group. I only know 3 of the ladies so far so I am not very close to the group yet. What I did know was that everyone was bringing treats AND that I am just recovering from a bad bout of over my calories. I was going to make a safe dessert (probably a Spark cookie recipe) but I decided that I would probable taste some of the other offerings. I just didn't feel strong enough yet with only 1 calorie appropriate day under my belt in the last week SO I stayed home.

I feel like I did the right thing, but shouldn't I be able to resist temptation after a year in

My conscience tells me I did the right thing for the place I am right now, but my need to "do it right" says I should have gone and resisted.

My weight remains at my 3 pounds up of 188. I don't want to head any closer to 200.


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AELARLEE1 12/17/2010 6:50PM

    Aww my friend, I feel your pain -- literally -- as I have put on a few as well. But here is encouragement. You will meet again with these ladies and we WILL lose anything that climbed on. THIS IS NOT a sign of a lifestyle.

Hang in there, I know I will be.

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DDOORN 12/17/2010 10:01AM

    Hey, after nearly FOUR years with SP I continue to struggle with temptation all the time!

Do what you gotta do to keep your SPARK...that's ALWAYS the right thing to do! :-)


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CARLANNIE 12/17/2010 8:39AM

    Sounds like you did what was right for you - erase those regrets and enjoy the holiday season in SP style!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOPS-TORTOISE 12/16/2010 6:06PM

    I don't think you're a wimp. You made the right decision for you. Sometimes it's best just to stay away from situations like that when you are feeling weak. It's easier to deal with those kinds of situations when you are stronger. It seems that in our society nearly every activity is centered around food. There are always going to be temptations no matter how long we've been in Spark People. Maybe it is something we will struggle with for the rest of our lives. We'll have bad days occasionally. As long as we have a large majority of good days we'll be doing fine. Addiction to food has got to be the toughest thing to overcome. We can live completely without cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol, but we cannot live without food. It is the only thing that we have to learn to moderate.

Congratulations on your progress. You are doing great. Don't let having a bad week and gaining some weight derail you. Find that drive and determination that got you this far. Fan that spark until it bursts into a flame.

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MELTING2SVELTE 12/16/2010 3:01PM

    Every day is different. We can only make decisions based on the present moment.

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WISLNDR 12/16/2010 1:35PM

    I am wrestling with a similar decision. Reading your blog is helpful to me as I weigh the advantage and disadvantages of staying away from a tempting occasion. I haven't been behaving lately and I really need to get back in line. Thanks for helping me by posting your blog!!

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RURAL3 12/16/2010 10:59AM

    You have to do what is right for you Nancy. Don't stress about it. It is over and done. Sometimes it is better to stay away from the temptation than to succumb to it.

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CIVIAV 12/16/2010 10:52AM

    As long as you won't pull away from the group after this is makes total sense since you gave yourself permission to do what worked for you!

Once the holidays splurges are over, get back to knitting and getting to know everyone!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/16/2010 10:46AM

    I think the choice is definitely up to you. You cannot change the way others think. If they have a problem, find another knitting club. You are too good for there small minds
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CARRKM 12/16/2010 10:35AM

  I feel sad for you for missing the party, and the opportunity to make friends. If you feel like it was a good decision to stay home, then it was. Stop beating yourself up and, as the cliche says, just take one day at a time. Before you know it, you will be satisfied with one calorie-expensive treat instead of 5 or 6. I know this for a fact - last year I would eat the entire pie plate full of dip, or a dozen cookies at once. This year I can have one (well... two) cookies and skip the dip entirely. Just don't close the door on other satisfying experiences because you are worried about your eating. The friendships - and the knitting - mean more than the food!

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SMILEYBEE 12/16/2010 10:32AM

    I think you did the right thing! Part of resisting is removing yourself from the temptation at appropriate times. Don't beat yourself up! Congratulate yourself on using good judgment!

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BETH0720 12/16/2010 10:20AM

    If you are proud of your decision then I think it was the right decision. However it would not be the end of the world if you had gone - maybe there would have been other healthy treats you could have filled up on.

I also think that resisting certain temptations is something some people can do and others can't. Everyone has a breaking point! If you can't resist a few cookies at Christmas it does not mean you have failed! It's a matter of knowing your limits. For instance, at this time of year I cannot resist Eggnog Lattes. Having one in the morning wreaks havoc on my calories, but I am aware of it and plan for it as best I can.

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SCHMEVELYN 12/16/2010 10:14AM

    This time of year is a struggle for everyone. Did you enjoy yourself at home or feel bad about not going?

If we can't resist temptation, it is better to stay out of it's way.

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LINDAKAY228 12/16/2010 10:13AM

    Sounds like you made the right decision for you. It can be so hard to resist the temptation and I usually fail in those situations. If you are't feeling strong enough to take on something, then don't do it. With time you will be able to resist the temptations there. Just keep working on it!

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