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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Today I am going to Dornbecker's Children's Hospital doing a tour of it with KIWANIS. There will be many young people in the Key Club (youth in Kiwanis) to observe how they treat children who have the death sentence of cancer and what it takes to become a nurse, doctor, worker of any sort with children. First is "a solid commitment to children ... and a real emoticonfor them". This hospital was on the tenth floor in a wooded area on top of a hill in Portland. How they ever built it is beyond me. It is right next to the VA Hospital & UHS Health sciences all on that same hill. We walked a lot and so my exercise was a natural happening. We heard speakers one being a young boy of about 15 who went through all the treatments and was in remission. He was speaking of his relationships with all the staff of doctors & nurses. Education for this type of service takes a long time...one young fellow had already been in college for thirteen years. They are an awesome emoticonbunch of dedicated people!! Also, he talked of how devastating it is to leave family and friends for a stay at this hospital. There are 21 beds for cancer afflicted children and they are full. They have school there while in their stay and love it. They play in the halls with bikes and toys. They live there! (they don't like hospital food though.) The treatment rooms are named after coastal towns in Oregon. I will always have a soft spot in my heart when I hear about Dorbeckers. Kiwanis raises money to donate on a regular basis. They had many Kiwanis placs on the wall and rooms that were named for Kiwanis. It is a prime concern of all the fundraisers that Kiwanis put on.

Needless to say I forgot about myself and my heart turned to them.
We were served a nice lunch of chicken wraps, Caesar style, Japanese & Club plus grapes emoticon& emoticon.

I wore my pedometer and put on about a mile there than after a healthy dinner we went dancing in the evening (about an hour of dancing) so figure I had a very good healthy but natural day meaning that I went with the flow of events.

Saturday ... A good day. emoticon

As William Arthur Ward once said,
"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people;
to focus your energies on answers - not excuses."

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FIDDLER4JESUS 2/22/2010 11:19AM

    This must have given you an education touring this children's hospital. We all should count our blessings that none of our children are afflicted with cancer or their children. God be with all this little ones!

Looks like you had a fairly decent lunch and afterwords dancing?Good for you and I am sure they appreciated you being there!This was a worthwhile donation. God bless you! Sally

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Friday, February 19, 2010

I am dealing with an emotion called anger!!! I have been faithfully blogging and keeping track of nutrition (I did up my calories to 1200 - 1550 due to more excercise). I have excercised pretty faithfully. I have drank water. I have been getting my sleep. So, why am I on a gaining streak? A streak that I do not particularly want. Starting Jan28 right through Feb 18 I have gained .4, .8, .4, .6 (add that up and it is 2# 2 oz) So, all I can figure out is that I need to re-evaluate what I am doing.

One thing I will do right now is name a few positives:
~ believe in myself and my desire to be healthy & fit.
~ eat things that are healthy.
~ am blogging and have stuck to my challenge to do so for 28 days.
~ meet with a group of like minded people for encouragement and weigh in once a week...at which I commited to lose .5 a week.
~ do not have an unhealthy relationship with my scale. (weighing daily nor two to three times a day).

So, as for yesterday. I was at 1356 calories..Eight water...walking 40 minutes for a 30 minute mile, 20 min for a 21 minute mile, 10 min on the rider for a total of 70 minutes. I have been reading The Bible & The Spark.

I think I will go back to my former calorie range of 1000 - 1399.
Excercise 5 days a week.
Drink 8 - 10 glasses water daily.
Bed by midnight.
Measure everything I eat.
Changing it up a bit for the next two weeks.

emoticon emoticonI ATE FISH TWO TIMES TODAY!!! SO, NOT A BAD DAY!!! WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MY WEIGH IN.....IT WAS UPSETTING!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

"I AM MAD!!! But, I will get glad.."

Thanks for listening to me...on my blog and for commenting.

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FIDDLER4JESUS 2/22/2010 11:06AM

    Elaine,I believe in you. My weight has a tendency to fluctuate too. sometimes the best thing to do is not to weigh yourself too often and just notice your clothes getting looser!

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POETSOUL 2/22/2010 10:22AM

    emoticon that old emoticonis messing with your head, my dear emoticon Keep up the good work emoticon You might not see results right away, so don't give up! emoticon

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POETSOUL 2/22/2010 10:22AM

    emoticon that old emoticonis messing with your head, my dear emoticon Keep up the good work emoticon You might not see results right away, so don't give up! emoticon

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PARAEAST 2/20/2010 6:34PM

I am sorry, I guess God for some reason doesn't have you losing your weight. You will lose, just keep focus and it WILL happen. Perhaps Satan is in charge and that is why the gain, like with Job??
Any how I think with cutting back on your calories sounds good. I will try and read your posts every day. I'm glad that you are doing it and this will help you know why too.
I am praying and I'm sure with God's help you will lose!
Sounds like you had a good day so be glad on that!
Hope you have a great day tomorrow and some weight lost too, I will pray so!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/20/2010 3:07PM

    I know it's frustrating Elaine and maybe you're right to change back to a method which was working for you....because you were losing.
Good one getting that fish in!
I'm praying for you to start having success!

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JMARIE3031 2/19/2010 7:22PM

    No worries... I'm having the same problem :)

It's true that many people either gain a little weight or don't see any change on the scale for as long as 4-6 weeks after making a significant change in their level of exercise. This is often explained as "gaining muscle while losing fat" but that isn't quite accurate. This extra weight is usually water.

When you start doing more exercise, your body begins storing more fuel in your muscle cells, where it can be used easily and quickly to fuel your workouts. The process of converting glucose (carbohydrates) into fuel that your muscles actually store and use (glycogen) requires three molecules of water for every molecule of glucose. As your muscles are building up glycogen stores, your body has to retain extra water for this purpose. That's what causes most of the initial weight gain or lack of weight loss. This is a good thing—not something to worry about.

However, despite what the scale says, you are actually losing fat during this time. The extra water retention will stop once your body has adjusted to its new activity level. At that point, the scale should start moving down. You'll end up with less fat, and muscles that can handle a larger amount of work.

I hope this helps emoticon

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Thursday, February 18, 2010


Part A ~
Today was very interesting as I had scheduled to take my neighbor/friend to the hospital for EKG & blood tests. She is now scheduled for a lumpectomy which is normally done out patient but she is 89 and warrants close observation therefore spends the night 24 hours. The morning was spent on phone calls (family issues with my sister & niece). So came the trip to the hospital and than home.

I stayed on track with nutrition staying within my 1550 calories at 1541! emoticon
There was a big salad for lunch....kept my calories down and gave me lots of veggies and fruit (apples in my salad).. and a protein bar.
Water emoticon
Walking in and out of hospital and up and down the corridors, back and forth to my car..up and down stairs to the cafeteria...and I thought I didn't exercise. emoticon

We stopped for a coffee latte for a break with my friend before returning home. (stress reducer)Also went to the Panara Bread store and picked up a loaf of seedy wheat bread.

Part B ~
Meeting with friends in the evening; not the healthiest, prime rib (though I trimmed of all fat and half put in a take home box before starting to eat) Pilaf with white & red rice (red rice was new to me), 4 ounces red wine, seedy brown bread with light butter, no dessert tonight. We talked and laughed for a leisurely hour. (stress reducer)

Declutter of the emotions today. emoticon
All in all a good day!!
Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog!! emoticon
emoticonSlept well!!! Seven hours!!!

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    I never heard of red rice either. You are doing good with asking for the box up front right away! That's an excellent strategy.

Destressing is very important too. I am learning Tai Chi but don't want to get off into the pagan stuff - but the movements are very calming.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/18/2010 3:57PM

    Wonderful Elaine...you are making so much progress.
Are they your beautiful reward flowers?
Day 14 gone already.... emoticon

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FIDDLER4JESUS 2/18/2010 12:21PM

    Looks like you are on track!
You know when to trim the fat!
God is with you helping you decide!
We can all learn from you,our Lord confide! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EBLOOMING 2/18/2010 11:48AM

    Thanks AZNURSE!!! That encourages me!!! emoticon

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AZNURSE 2/18/2010 11:24AM

    Good for you!

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Day 13

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

This was a much better day than yesterday because I completed my goals:

Excercise YEAH!! walk 50 minutes & washed car 40 minutes.
Also I stayed within my caloric range 1400-1550 mine was 1526.
Drank eight waters
Sleep eight hours. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticonEveryone thanks for checking out my blog!

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NELLIEC 2/17/2010 5:53PM

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DAY 12 MONDAY (two days away from 2 week mark)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)

One dimension that I would like to add to THE SPARK emoticon(not to take away from it but to add). That dimension would be the great power we can have in Christ...for the pulling down of strongholds.

That is what happens when I am trying to reach my goals in small baby steps and there is a holiday, birthday, celebration of a baby, wedding, retirement, new job, you name it and the party includes first and foremost rich foods, pizza, candy, cakes & ice cream, drinks of all sorts....and in order to get through these times I need the power of the most high.

My Monday was going along just fine: breakfast emoticon, lunch emoticon, dinner emoticon, waters emoticon, declutter emoticon!!! Now I was feeling SOoooooo tired, it was late and still I hadn't excercised....I was dreading it.....I could feel the tiredness just getting to me and thought about LS and guess who won out. Not my goal....a stronghold. No it was the tiredness and my pillow that won.

It is time for me to go to the Divine Power Jesus. So, I confess that I missed my opportunity to keep my commitment to the goal I chose for myself. Maybe tomorrow with His power I can recoupe and readjust my plan....goals after all are a snapshot of what we 'hope' to have as a standard.

Tomorrow will be a new day!!! emoticon

Tomorrow, a time to be positive and not let it rain on my parade. emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/17/2010 12:15PM

    That is true Elaine, tomorrow is a new day and we need Him every step of the way!
I know just what you mean...I have all day sometimes, so why am I exercising at 6 or 7pm?
Thinking about it...maybe we could try blasts of 10 mins for our exercise and then if you get to evening time and are too tired, well, at least you have already done something.
Keep going... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA25427 2/17/2010 1:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonTomorrow is a new day I am on day 17 of no breads or pastas ,and trying to get as close to 50 carbs aday as I can working on that one can keep it under 100 carbs aday . I slipped up on calories today went over almost a hundred.The only way we fail is if we quit . Together we can do this I know we can .Hope you have a great week. God bless. emoticon emoticon

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