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The Promise of Spring

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This morning the sun was shining, snow was melting (despite a new skim of snow over night), and the temperature was rising. So I decided to head outside for my walk. Not nearly was many layers were needed today. It felt so nice to be outside! It brought me the promise of spring, when I can do my workout outside all the time. If I did not have to take the little one in the stroller with me for every workout I probably would have been out there way more already but the slippery road makes it very difficult to navigate. I am thinking about trying the Couch to 5 K, or one of the Spark People 5 k training programs again in the spring. I attempted it last year but my knee did not like it all that much. I am hoping that the strength training I have been doing will have provided my knee with better support and that I will be able to do it this time around! There are so many people here on Spark who have had such great results with running, and not just weight related, that I really would like to be in that group. However, if my knee cannot handle it I am fine with just keeping up my walking and other cardio as well as strength training.

Had a loss again this week, a very small 0.2 pound loss, but a loss nonetheless. I really am starting to feel stronger and more confident which is really my overall goal. Don't get me wrong, I really want weight loss but it is no longer my sole motivator. Having changed to this point of view I feel better about how things are going and where I am trying to get. Took me over a year on Spark to figure this out but at least I have figured it out.

On Sunday I am going for an MRI and arthrogram on my wrist. I am really hoping that these tests will finally show something so I can get some definitive treatment and hopefully not have to stay on medication to get through the day. Unfortunately I don't have a followup appointment with the specialist who ordered the tests until April 20th. This was originally supposed to be on March 17th but they had to reschedule it today. I'm disappointed with this but I am thinking that I will probably go to my family doctor in a few weeks and get the results from him. All my lab work that I had done last month came back very good. No risk factors for heart disease, blood sugar in good control, and no thyroid issues. The only thing is that my HDL is a little low. The doctor told me to drink red wine every day or to look up other ways to increase my HDL. Not going to do the red wine but will try to increase my intake of olive oil and fish.

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JULESDUD1 2/16/2011 4:38PM

    Good luck & it sounds like you are doing everything right! The walking esp as the weather gets better is good for the spirit! Keep it up!

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So long, farewell...

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

This week I finally got to say goodbye to the 170's again!!! I hope to never see them again emoticon I changed things up a little bit, just by changing my breakfast. I have eaten cereal and fruit for breakfast for as long as I can remember. It's quick, easy, and I can get on my way fast. I have never been a big breakfast person but have always eaten breakfast. My simple change this last week, two slices of whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana. Yep, still quick, still easy, and yet it made such a difference. I am no longer hungry an hour later. In fact most of the time I was not even hungry until lunch but still had a post workout snack of yogurt midmorning with my son. Today we were out of bananas so I had to go back to the old standby and I could totally tell the difference! I guess I could have made an egg or something for protein but I did not feel like it. Moral of this story, for me anyway, eat more protein at breakfast. I also took measurements again yesterday and lost just about 3 inches overall this last month. All in all I am happy with my progress. I feel more confident, more energetic (most days), and know that I am making changes that I can stick with forever. Oh yeah, one more change this last week, my husband decided to do Atkins diet again (he does it every once in a while) so snacking in the evening has not been as big an issue, except for last night.

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TERESAMARIE1959 2/11/2011 10:23PM

    emoticon Change can be so good!

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WILDRICE99 2/9/2011 9:39PM


I think I may have to change up my breakfast routine as well. It's usually cereal and fruit...and like you...my stomach is growling long before lunch rolls around.

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My new approach

Monday, January 31, 2011

So another week without a loss, not that I was surprised! With TOM and going out on the weekend I am just glad it was not a gain. I know that I have to do better on the weekends, despite the fact that I don't track much on the weekends as I would rather spend time with the family then sit at the computer to track! But that does not give me a free pass for the weekends and I do really need to be more mindful of what I am eating at all times. I have come to the realization that I will not make my goal weight in time for my brother's wedding in May. I did, however, get a dress already and I feel confident and think I look good in it, which is all I really wanted! I am going to keep eating as mindfully and healthy as I can, continue to workout at least five days a week. I am going to trust in the process and get myself healthy and well. I am not going to pay as much attention to the scale, slow and steady are going to win this race. I am in this for the long haul and for life, not just one moment in my life emoticon

After saying last week that I cannot wait to get back outside for my workout today I decided to get out there and do it! The sun was out, it was -8 C, and I did it any way. Little one got bundled up and into the stroller. I got myself bundled up and off we went. Getting up the driveway was a real chore but we did it and I felt great after! I had been struggling with a headache all morning and by the time I got back home the headache was gone! Hooray for an outdoor workout!

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LIFE-FAITH 1/31/2011 10:45PM

    I miss my outdoor workouts... Thank YOU for being such an inspiration to ME.
You are very wonderful friend and I love you - God Bless you!
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MTHORP1 1/31/2011 10:40PM

    Don't let the small things de-rail you. You know what it takes and how to reach your goal. Stay positive and continue working your program. You can and WILL take off the pounds! Marie

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Random Ramblings

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Don't really have that much to say, no big breakthroughs or anything over here. So this is just a random post about my last week.

I have banned Doritos from the house. My husband came home with them twice last week and I found out that I have NO WILLPOWER against them! I asked him to please not bring them into the house any more. He is welcome to eat them if he likes but I told him to please do it while he is at work and not to bring any here. He kind of made fun of me but I know that he will respect my request.

My mini stepper broke a couple of weeks ago. I was going to buy another one but don't really feel like spending the $ on it right now. I found a "Biggest Loser" workout DVD for $5 and bought that. So far I like it, especially that I can change up the order and routine of the workout any time I like. Have not done the same work out once yet this week emoticon I am looking forward to being able to workout outside again soon. Probably could have this week already but to get up to the road from the house there is still about 2 feet of snow and I don't really feel like trying to get the stroller up through that! I think that this spring I am going to try the Couch to 5 K program again. I tried last summer but my knee did not survive past week 3. I am hoping that the increased strength training I have done this winter will help with this because I know my legs are definitely stronger now then they were even two months ago! While I have not seen to much movement on the scale I definitely feel better and have more energy.

I started on my reduced dose of medication on Monday. I was worried that I would have trouble falling asleep as I have been on this medication dose since the summer and it's side effect is drowsiness so I take it before bed. So far I have had no trouble falling asleep so I am really happy about that! I will be on this dose for a month and then half it again for a month and then hopefully be off it all together!

Toilet training is going fairly well. Monday and Tuesday were not good days but for the most part he is doing very well, better than my other 2 did when I started training them! He is also sleeping through the night and napping fairly regularly. We took away his soother and since then he has slept through the night as he no longer looses it and has to find it in the night. So very nice!!!!

I am going to be working from home again doing medical transcription. I plan to do it in the evening when hubby is home so he can look after the kiddos. Little nervous about how my wrist will tolerate the increased typing but rest does not help it either so not much I can do about that but just get through it!

Any way, that's all for now. Hope everyone is having a great week and is pressing onward to reach their goals emoticon


Doctor's Appointment (possibly TMI)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So I had my physical with my doc today. Getting some blood work done to make sure my cardiac risks are low. My Dad has been having heart problems and I had read an article in "Health" magazine about what your pregnancies can say about your future health. Well, according to them, three things that I had during at least one pregnancy greatly increase my chances of developing heart disease. I had preeclampsia with both pregnancies, delivered my daughter at 36 weeks, and my daughter was 5 pounds at birth, all of which, according to the magazine increase my risk of heart disease. My doctor reassured me that the real risk factors are blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, weight, and cholesterol. Four of those factors we know already (although my weight really should be lower!) but he said with a family history he would recommend testing starting at 35 but he was willing to order the tests now. So tonight I'll be fasting after 8 pm and tomorrow morning I will go get my labs dawn. He is running a cardiac profile, thyroid, iron, and cholesterol. My periods have also become much heavier so he suggested starting iron supplements proactively and that is why he is running the thyroid (my mom has thyroid disease) and iron levels as well. I am sure that everything will come back fine but it will also be nice to have a baseline! I am also going to be decreasing my meds, which I have been on for nerve pain. The medication also has a side effect of weight gain so I am hoping that this will help me on my journey as well!

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TERESAMARIE1959 1/21/2011 1:21PM

    I think it is a great idea to have the tests regularly and starting young to help from worrying too much! I lost both my parents to Cancer when they were in their 60's so I know it and being way to heavy increase my chances of having Cancer.

Last test were good, so I feel better about knowing this and will test regularly. emoticon

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