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The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating

Monday, November 28, 2011

Having decided that Misery loves company I have co-opted two colleagues to run the 5 K and train with me. We have decided to run about 1-2 miles and do some drills every Monday and Wednesday and on Saturdays to attempt the route as part of our training. So today the proof of the pudding will be in the eating as today is DAY 1 of the formal training program with my colleagues, one of whom is a runner. I have brought my training clothes with me but am scared... will I be the one bringing up the rear ( yes) will I make it ( not sure) are my clothes covering enough (not sure). You name it I am thinking about it but I hope that if I focus just on making it one step at a time the outcome will be positive.

Join me in planning the beginning of your running regime and who knows one day we may find out that we are runners on the inside. Better yet plan to virtually run the 5k on January 15 with me in support of breast cancer awareness and plot out your 5 k in your home town and start preparing for it. let me know how it is going and let us support each other. Together we can do this. :)


I signed up for the Susan G. Komen race for the Cure

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I signed up to run a 5k. There is have said it. My poor knees tremble at the thought but my inner me is rejoicing. The race is being held in the Bahamas on the weekend of January 14-15 2012.

A couple of weeks ago I reread an article about going from the couch to the running a 5k then a marathon and I was overwhelmed with admiration for the gentleman. I have always looked at persons who did marathon and triathlons as heroes and wondered if I had the depth of character required to do this. Need I say that my excuse was that they were athletes and I was lazy, overweight with bad knees. BUT so was he and he was able to do it. He began by using the Couch to 5K program which I knew from reading it looked doable. So WHAT pray tell was my excuse? Maybe as he pointed out the Way forward was to get up and do it day by day. EASIER SAID than DONE. So I did it one day and then looked at my clock the next day and swore not me again. Haven't we all started but never continued? Maybe I needed motivation. I have walked the race for the cure before and I have completed similar length walks but this time I wanted to run. Even if it took longer to run than to walk I wanted to run.

I put on some calypso music on the ipod, bought the flex-a-min for the knees and every other day I tried to make it to the gym even if I was only able to walk/run for 15 minutes I did it. Well that was in late October and I lasted the total of 3 weeks and two pounds. I guess three weeks was better than three days. Monday however, my husband came home with the registration form for the race and as I filled it out I realised that yes I really wanted to do this and that the following year I wanted to not register for the 5K but for the half marathon. I wasn't going to get there but thinking bout the size of my butt as I laid in the chair watching TV and no one could do it for me. No, if I wanted to do it I had to make the first step, then the second step and so on. I know from previous experience that as hard as making the first step is , it is not the hardest part of the journey for me, no it is step number three, four, five etc that kills me every time. So I made the first and second step again. I registered for the run, I developed my training scheduled and then I went to the gym and ran. I discovered that those three weeks in Oct/Nov had some value as I can now run for up to 15 minutes without stopping to walk. That is up from being able to run only two minutes before I had to stop.

I will run the Susan G. Komen race, for my friends and all those women who I have never met who have faced and survived breast cancer, but I will also run the race for me. Not for surviving cancer but for facing my fears and trying to change my live one step at a time.

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BEAUTIFUL_MEGAN 11/26/2011 3:40PM

    Yes!!! Awesome post- you can do it!

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Zumba and wearing an old jacket

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ok so it is obvious that I had some problems today deciding on the title of this blog entry. I thought I would focus on the two positive things in the front of my mind today.

Lets us get get this bad thing out of the way.. I CHEATED. I bought a bunless whooper with side salad and small fries for lunch and that is being as bad as I can be. I managed to forgo the Mcdonald's sundae for which I had a serious jonesing.. not too sure how long I will last however. For those of you counting the calories... A bunless whopper is about 240 calories as it is just the meat pattie. No I do not eat buns or ketchup or mayo..Gluten intolerance cures you of the need for many things..lol

Now that I have bared my soul and cleared my conscience, I want to thank BLAKQWEN for motivating me to get my exercise on. My sparkbuddy BLAKQWEN recently passed the 1000 minutes mark and I was really impressed and decided that I should aim reach that as one of my goals so I went to Zumba last night. I got there early so I went on the Elliptical trainer for 20 minutes and then went to the class. No I do not know all of the steps but it was just a chance to "wuk-up and behave bad" as we Caribbean people would say. I danced non-stopped for 55 minutes, jumping and waving, doing the salsa, menegue and cha cha cha, the african folk dance and my clumsy interpretation of the belly dance. I really had a fun time. So yes I am looking forward to going again. Will keep you up-to date.

Today I am wearing to work a size 16 jacket that I had retired. No it is not by any stretch of the imagination a good fit but just the fact that I could get it on and closed a button without sucking in my breath and wearing a corset made me feel so good I wore it to work. No don't jump to conclusion that I have lost weight.. According to my scale I have lost one(1) pound and that I am sure could be attributed to water weight. Miracle of all miracles however, the jacket fit so I am going to take it as a sign to maintain a positive attitude and keep working to reduce my caloric intake and increase my exercise. Today was a good day.


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ADRIANE26 5/25/2011 10:02AM

    Way to go honey chile! I loveeeeee Zumba!!!! Like TopCatSeals I go almost every night! It's so much fun, a great workout, and I love leaving drenched in sweat! I went last night and burned 900 calories! woohoo!

Keep up the awesome work! WHo cares what that silly scale says! Strut yourself in that jacket today mama!

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BABYBY2012 5/25/2011 9:21AM

    emoticon on getting your exercise in. I love Zumba too :)

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TOPCATSEALS 5/25/2011 7:47AM

    WOO HOO!! Great Job on your loss! And I am happy you like Zumba!I love Zumba! I do it 6 times a week! it is fun and doesnt feel like I am forcing exercise. I sweat and have a good time doing it!
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WYNTYR1 5/24/2011 8:41PM

  that's awesome!! you have every right to be proud! it's not the number on the scale hun, it's how you feel about buttoning that jacket!! emoticon the number on the scale will move, just takes time. how you felt, you are going to have that feeling more and more. i am still trying to find a zumba class to go to - - i have heard LOTS about it and want to see if it's true.. glad you have a workout buddy.. having one makes it more fun!!
anyways - - congratulations

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Metformin... Hmmmmm

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sunday made exactly one week since I started my metformin regime and while it has given me a new appreciation for my bathroom and a number of public toilets, I am still feeling very positive about it. I had read all of the blogs and the information from other sparkpeople on the effects and impact of metformin so I was not surprised when the bloating and the multiple visits to the bathroom started. In fact it was probably not as bad for me as I had already learnt that it was better to take it with a full stomach and to stay away fro overtly spicy and greasy food so as to reduce the negative side effects. I must say that it has proven to not be the worst thing in the world as the bathroom visits are getting less frequent.

What I am surprised that no one mention was the very positive side effect of not feeling as hungry. Metformin works but enhancing the body's ability to utilise glucose. One very positive side effect was the reduction in my craving for sweets. I had never realised how many sweets I eat in a day. I knew it was a lot, but never really stopped to think that one of the causes was a demand for sugar by my body and not just sheer greed. For the last week I was surprised to realise that I wanted fewer sweets and while I found that my blood sugar may feel a little low if I went too long without food I didn't feel this overwhelming drive to eat sweets that I felt before. I used to be know around the office as the person to go to when you needed a sweet (I always had a couple in my pocket or on my desk) but only today I realised when asked that I didn't have any in the desk and that I hadn't re-stocked this week. Trust me that would have never happened before. LOL

More importantly I also realised that I eat less as I feel full quicker and for longer. Will evaluate it for the rest of the month and provide an update but so far the benefits outweigh the extra bathroom reading time required. LOL


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DHINDS2 9/30/2011 8:25AM

    I have to update my blog entry but thus far the experience with metformin has been generally positive. Yes I still get the bloating and the runs but that is much reduced and the craving for sweets remain weaker. I have still to work sweets and sugar out of my diet but I eat less than I did before. As for the weight loss, I went on vacation and had a couple of challenges and so have not been watching my calorie intake or exercising as much. In fact getting the comment from Rehadnurse2215 drew me back to Spark and woke my guilt thereby reminding me to get focused on my health again. Thanks Rehabnurse2215. Yet even there the news has not been bad as I have been losing weight abet slowly and yesterday I was able to wear a size 16 dress that I bought last year only to discover that I couldn't get it pass my considerable behind. I even got a complement so I have identified another dress (pink) to get into. A friend bought it from target for me but it took one look at my behind and ran screaming. I tried it on yesterday as well and while I looked like a hoochy mama in it, it at least made it up and over the butt. How much weight have I lost since my last post I don't know but it have lost some inches. emoticon

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REHABNURSE2215 9/28/2011 7:31PM

  Are you still on the metformin? I have gone off and on the met for a while, due to insurance changes and the new doc who "doesn't believe in PCOS". Sigh.

I have the bottle filled for my 3 month script of it, which is all my new doc would give me. He says "You're not diabetic yet, you don't need metformin!". What an idiot!!! I want to slap this guy, as I'm sure there's many more patients of his who are in the throes of PCOS and who could benefit greatly by using metformin and aldactone. I was dx'd with PCOS in 2001, after I had my daughter (and 2 miscarriages). Despite all that history, this doctor wants to just take me off everything and he had the audacity to tell me "If you just stop eating bread and sweets, you'd lose weight like a snap". This was even after I was dx'd by him as hypothyroid (I had to beg for those tests, as I knew I had all the symptoms and that it's very common for those with PCOS to have hypoT). I really need a new doc!!!

Anyway I was just wondering how you've been doing on the metformin, if you've stayed on it all this time. I didn't see an updated post regarding your experience with metformin, so maybe I'm just missing it. I joined SP in late August, so I am new to this whole system and may have missed it! I'd love to share recipes with you for gluten free items and such, and I'd love to be your SparkFriend!!!

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DHINDS2 5/19/2011 4:33PM

    Hi DJ4HEALH and DESERTDREAMERS, thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope that a good nutrition framework and exercise will counter any future tendency to gain weight. I am not diabetic but have PCOS so I am no stranger to gaining weight while eating air, but the metformin has other more beneficial side effects other than any potential impact on weight loss. In fact I was warned by my doctor that not all persons lose weight on metformin. What is important for me is its impact on insulin resistance and the potential for reducing the probability or/and the speed of becoming diabetic. If I loose weight at "normal" pace that would be icing on the cake.

I know that this will be a long term change in life-style and as I had to learn when I went gluten free... take it one step at a time and keep moving forward towards the goal.

I hope your programs are all going well and wish you both the best.

My prayers are with your hubby DJ4HEALTH and DESERTDREAMERS... you rock.


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    One of my co-workers said he'd started on metformin and had the runs. I never knew it did that. Hmm - not craving sweets as much - I'm not diabetic, but I'd go for that!

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DJ4HEALTH 5/19/2011 1:39AM

    That may be just for now but you may gain weight later. My husband was on that and that same thing happened to him.

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Sapodilla - What a wonderful treat!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Today I had a sapodilla, commonly known as dilly in The Bahamas. I was already feeling guilty as I had lunch plans with a friend at the Hard Rock cafe and I didn't think their menu items would fit in my calorie allowance (NO I do not plan to have a salad) and I so wanted a milkshake to go with my meal so the dilly was believed to be only yet another high calorie indulgence. But then I had my dilly. It was soft and sweet... sweeter even than sugar cane (an that is saying a lot for a girl who grew up sucking on sugar canes) and creamy. Now I know why they say it has a caramel consistency it was heaven in a bite (well a couple bites) LOL According to Wikipedia it is high in sucrose and other sugars with a calorie count of about 83 calories per100g but full of good fibre and antioxidants. According to me it is a fantastic substitute for chocolate at over 500 calories per 100g or ice-cream. So with my sweet tooth well satisfied I made semi better choice for lunch... hamburger (no buns, no dressing or condiments) and a 1/2 porting chips with vinegar and water. No ice-cream, no chocolate and best of all no feeling of deprivation. Dilly must be the ambrosia of the Gods.

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BLAKQWEN 5/14/2011 8:17PM

  I think you did ok girl. You are entitled to splurge every now and again. Get back on the wagon tomorrow. -Toodles


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