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Feeling pretty good

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Just spent a little over an hour in the pool with Jenn. There are two pools here and the smaller one was empty and we had it to ourselves until the last few minutes. Did some swimming and exercising to loosen up since it has been a while since I've done much. Knees feel pretty good. Hope to be able to do this at least 3-4 times a week.

Took hubby to ER this morning. He had an earache this week and went to the doctor Wednesday. Got antibiotics but was not getting any relief. Was up and down last night putting hot compresses on the ear and alternating tylenol and motrin. But by 7:00 a.m. he was in such pain I took him to the ER. He has an inner ear infection and they gave him three shots for pain and one of antibiotics, plus an oral antibiotic and scripts for pain, oral antibiotics and ear drop antibiotics. He is off work today and maybe tomorrow.

I have decided to study the diet plans on spark people and find something I can do. Atkins has always worked for me in the past, but I cannot seem to get past a few days without feeling hungry. When I get like that I eat until I find something that satisfies me, then I feel bad for eating all the bad stuff. I did get on the scales this week and I am up 3 lb. since the weekend, so now I have a 6 lb. loss, which I am happy to still be showing a loss at this point.

Took grandson to see "Up" yesterday. It was really cute and he sat still for the entire move - pretty good for a 3 year old.

Hope everyone has a great week.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 6/14/2009 6:44PM

    Hi Billi,

I sure hope hubby will be feeling better soon! Having a sore, throbbing ear is terrible!

Yea to you and Jenn for doing the exercises in the water! I'm glad your knees are feeling better. I was a bit concerned when I talked to you at the last team dinner. Knees can be tricky and oh so painful!

The movie UP has gotten great reviews. My hubby and I watched the Beverly Hill Chihuahua last night and it was very cute! I'd like to see UP and I don't have any grandchildren!

Have a great day!
Hugs,
Cyndi

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2 steps forward, 3 steps back

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

This last month has been a complete bust diet-wise. After the retreat weekend I can't seem to get back on track with my eating. I have had a lot of stress at home and at work - and I'm an emotional eater. Exercise is still a problem for me except when I can get in the pool at the apartment complex, but with the rain that hasn't happened as often as I'd hoped.

I had a relapse last week with my left knee and today the doctor told me I need to have an arthroscopy, which will require 2-4 weeks off work. I do not have that much vacation time for a whole year, let alone left for this year. This is something I am going to have to plan for financially and then get my boss to agree to let me be off for that length of time.

I start the day off good and sometimes make it through lunch but by mid-afternoon, even with a healthy snack packed, I'm having lots of cravings for the wrong types of food. I haven't had more than a sip of water a day for weeks.

I haven't been on the scales in weeks and frankly I'm afraid to step on them to see what damage I've done to myself.

I won't give up - one day at a time - one meal at a time - one hour at a time - I'll keep trying until I get it right.


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READY2BEME 6/10/2009 3:49PM

    Billi, Below is something I came across and I thought it may help you. We all go through this and we just have to keep moving forward. You have to be even more diligent when you are layed up with your knee. Just remember that this is the place that you can come to for support whenever you need it. I have only been here for a short time and there is not a day goes by that I don't get inspiration from someone! Just don't lose site of your goals!

Ok - I can't take credit for this but thought it was great information and needed to post it.
Hopefully I'll give credit where due, so that I don't get sued for plagiarism...

Each month I receive a wellness email from my health insurance company (United Healthcare Care24). Sometimes I read them and discard them. Other times I pass them on to associates. This time I felt it was important enough to share with all of you...
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Stages of Change

Researchers have discovered that most people follow a similar pattern when making transitions. Studies have shown that success is more likely if you move through the pattern one step at a time. So, what are the stages? And, how do they apply to you?

1. Pre-contemplation—At this point, you haven’t made a decision. Or, you may be hesitant because you were unsuccessful the last time you tried. To move forward, think about how changing your habits will benefit your life.

2. Contemplation—In this stage, it’s common to put off making a decision. You’re not quite ready to commit. But, you may consider it a possibility in six months. When you’re stuck here, evaluating the pros and cons of the change can help you take the next step.

3. Preparation—Change is on the horizon. You want your transition to begin in the near future. Right now you’re researching the best ways to help that happen. Tell your doctor or counselor about your plans. He or she can give you tips for going through with your decision.

4. Action—It’s time! You have a set goal! and are working toward for the next six months. Occasionally, you may suffer a setback. So, try to stay positive and listen to encouragement from friends and family (*especially SP friends!!! They understand better than most*).

5. Maintenance—You’ve kept with your program for at least six months—a huge milestone. Setbacks are less likely to occur, but continue to avoid temptation. Reward yourself for your success. And, look ahead to a healthier future.

Keep in mind that change doesn’t happen overnight. So, be patient with yourself and ease into each step. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or talk with a health professional when you need guidance.

Bumps in the Road

Rarely does change take place without hitting a few barriers. Perhaps temptation is too much, or you don’t have the confidence to move on. Maybe those around you —including family members—(*I'll say - especially family*) aren’t supportive of your decision. You may become discouraged and fall back one or more stages.

If this happens, try not to give up. Remember that living a healthier lifestyle may prevent conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Your doctor or counselor (*and SPFriends) can offer you additional reasons for staying the course—once and for all.

Based on the Transtheoretical Model of Change, developed by James Prochaska

Good luck with your knee!
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TBRANCH2 6/10/2009 12:03PM

    emoticon that you are having difficulties! We ALL are where you are in one aspect or another...However, you need to stop the train before the wreck gets any worse. Yes, I know, easier said than done...We are like that train though, here to push and pull each other along the journey of being healthier. It isn't about being thinner (that is just a benefit), it's about being healthier and living longer. About feeling better about ourselves. I use to work in an attorney's office and I know the pressures that are there. They are enough to make Richard Simmons binge eat!!! emoticon YOU are better than that!!!!!!!!! Chew gum, suck on a lollipop (less calories than a doughnut), eat pretzels, etc. I gained soooo much weight when I worked there.....WOW!! Now, I am struggling with the removal of all of that "WASTE"! You can do it and we can help!! Get on that scale and take your lickings like a big girl (no pun intended there), then, get back to the Billi that I met the other night at the Mongolian Grill!! Hugs, Theresa emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I know you can!!

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PEPPER92 6/10/2009 8:39AM

  Billi
Like you said yu have to take one day at a time. You have to be ready to change your life style. Remember this is not a diet it is a change in life style and I am learning. I feel so much better when I eat right and have so much more energy. So I am kicking you in the butt and telling you it is time emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 6/10/2009 8:13AM

    Hi Billi,

So sorry that you've been having a hard time of it. I can understand your frustration. Sometimes I think these doctors live in another world. In the real world you need to be able to go to work to put food on the table and a roof over your head. When I had my arthroscopic surgeries on my right knee (long before my replacement) I was only off for 5 days. When I went back to work I just propped my leg up on another chair with a pillow. For appearance sake in an attorney's office, you probably can't do that. You could rent a wheel chair and elevate the leg that way and still work. Just a thought....

I hope you aren't in too much pain. Knees are very tricky because they support your whole body.
I'm praying for you.
Hugs,
Cyndi

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It's a new day, heading to a NEW ME

Saturday, May 02, 2009

I joined Spark People about a month ago, but hadn't taken the time to do anything on here. Last week I went to the doctor for a check-up on my diabetes and my knees (arthritis) and she told me when I come back in three months she didn't care if I have lost any weight, but she would like me to not have gained any. New from a doctor for me, but it got me to thinking. I can lose weight as easily as I gain it so I decided to "show her" what I can do when I put my mind to it.
About 6 years ago I got serious and lost 95 lb. in 9 months and kept if off for over a year. I don't even know when or how I started gaining it back, but I did - all but 10 lb. My boss gave me a day of this week - since he didn't do anything for us for Secretary's Day last week - and I chose Wednesday. Had a couple doctor appointments anyway, so decided to use that day as my free day rather than use vacation time for the appointments.
I woke up Wednesday morning, went through the fridge and cabinets and got ride of most of the junk - left a few things for hubby and grandson - made out a grocery list and off to Wal-Mart I went. I am not one who can lose weight on low-fat type diets because I still have too many options for food, so my diet of choice and success has always been Atkins. I know, I know, some may think it's not the best choice, but it works for me. I've done it three times in my life and always lost 80 lb. or more.
What will be different this time? I am determined to go through all 4 stages - Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL), Pre-Maintenance and Maintenance. Usually I stay on Induction for several months and then got bored and once I took a bite of something "illegal", it's all over. I am doing better on drinking water - at 6-8 cups now. Hope to get back to where I was, drinking a gallon a day and no sodas.
I will have a challenge coming up in two weeks. I am leading the cursillo weekend that JSP32605 talked about and the menu is planned. My one saving grace will be that my husband will be in the kitchen and has promised to only have me served what is within my plan - or as close as possible. The hardest time will be Saturday night, when they serve a pasta dish with meatballs and salad. I am planning to get a bigger bowl of salad and eat some meatballs and then diet jello for dessert.
I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes for which I take a pill. My sugars have fluctuated from 105-134, but the last two weeks have been the best. I am hoping once I get going good on my renewed life style I won't have to take the pill anymore.
I also have arthritis in my knees and have learned that one extra pound of weight adds 4 pounds of stress to your knees, which means I am actually carrying around over three extra people on my knees. OUCH. I have been going through a series of five injections into my left knee, the worse one, and have gotten great results. A month ago I had a hard time going to the grocery store and now my knees don't both me until late in the day and I can do the whole grocery store without much discomfort.
I know you're only supposed to get weighed once a week, but I needed a little encouragement and snuck a peek this morning and I am down 3 lb. since Wednesday. Very encouraging.
Okay, think that's it for my first blog. Hope everyone has a great weekend and makes plans for a healthy week.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/2/2009 9:33PM

    Hi Billi,

It sounds like you've got a good handle on things. Well Done! I too have knee problems - 2 knee replacements - and have found that exercising in water can really help. See you on Wednesday!

Cyndi

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JSP32605 5/2/2009 11:56AM

    I weigh in daily. Even post my new weight on here daily, if there is a change. They suggest once a week because a gain can discourage you. Personally, it makes me work even harder to remove that which was gained and then some.

I've seen you do it before. You can do it again. But, like you said...keep with the phases as they are supposed to be. It's not about quick results, it's about long lasting results. That usually takes a little longer to get to, but it'll be much more worth it! Just remember how you felt 85 lbs ago... Do it the right way, and you can feel that way the rest of your life instead of rushing the process and feeling that way for a while, but coming back where you are now.

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