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Halfway to First Goal!

Monday, March 05, 2012

I've been meaning to write this since last week. Thursday is my weigh-in day in the nutrition class I'm taking. As of March 1, I am down 15 pounds since January 1! That is halfway to my goal of an initial 30 pound weight loss. I need to lose a whole lot more than that, but I decided that saying I need to lose 100+ was too daunting a task. I'm going at it 30 pounds at a time because that is more feasible and easier a goal to set/reach. I have also lost 8.75 inches total in different areas of my body. I don't see it when I look in the mirror but I can tell in my clothes. It was also nice on Friday night when a friend I haven't seen in over a month commented that, "You look like you've lost weight!" Music to my ears. :)


Grocery shopping in a new light

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I hear so many people complain about going to the grocery store, but I actually enjoy it. Don't get me wrong, there ARE times when every nerve gets plucked. Sounds weird perhaps being surrounded by all those other people, but I just sort of zone out and concentrate on my list. I do not take my children with me so in a way it's "me time."

Today was the first time I went grocery shopping since starting my nutrition class at our local wellness center. I just saw everything in a new light. I stayed away from certain things that have been my downfall in the past. I really focused on reading labels and comparing brands when it came to calories, sodium, etc. I bought a lot more fruit and veggies than before. The battle really begins in the store, because if we don't buy it and have it in the house, then we won't eat it.

Another plus to actually measuring out food portions: a lower grocery bill since our food lasts longer. :)

How about you? Do you like grocery shopping or is it more like a "chore" to you?

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FINALLYBEINGME 1/28/2012 10:57PM

    I like to keep things that are danger zones for me out of the house as well. WTG with loading up with fruits and veggies. emoticon

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Food scale

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I bought a food scale today. It's one endorsed or used by "The Biggest Loser." I don't watch that show so I don't care about that part, but it seemed the most user-friendly to me of scales in the store. I've been using measuring cups and spoons, but there are many foods that obviously won't work in those. :) I know these scales are not for everyone, but I really need to watch my portion control. The only thing I used it for so far was to weigh deli meat. It was so great to know what 2 oz. of turkey really is!


So excited about nutrition class!

Friday, January 20, 2012

In my last blog entry, I talked about my insurance company not paying for anything obesity related (diagnosis or treatment-wise) and me not being able to afford one-on-one counseling with a nutritionist on my own.

So I found a nutrition class at a nearby wellness center that is $15 per week. Yesterday was the first class and I am so EXCITED about it! The nutritionist leading the group is so down to earth. I was scared going in about her or others in there being judgmental or condemning towards me. Yet everyone is so supportive and encouraging. There were veterans of the program as well as two other newbies like me. This class is everything I'm looking for. Support, accountability, nutrition info, exercise ideas, etc. We have to keep a food and exercise journal each week and my SparkPeople trackers will be my journal for the class. I am so happy to have found this class! With the support there and with SparkPeople, I know I can do this!

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BARBARASDIET 1/20/2012 9:47PM

    That is great!! And it is even better that you solved this problem on your own!!

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    You're right - you CAN do it!!!! That's great that you found an affordable class nearby. You WILL be successful! At Weight Watchers I remember they used to say 'Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels!'. It's true. Best of luck to you on your journey. emoticon

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LEEHAME64 1/20/2012 9:36PM

  Way to go. Keep your heart in it and your head up. You are doing great.

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Frustrated with insurance

Thursday, December 29, 2011

First off, I know that I alone am responsible for this weight. So I can understand when people say they don't want to pay higher premiums for obese people.

Still...I am so mad that my insurance company does not provide coverage whatsoever for anything obesity related. I'm not interested in bariatric surgery, I just want to meet with a nutritionist. But the insurance will only cover such a meeting if the diagnosis is diabetes, which I DON'T have. I want to sit down with someone who will tell me how many calories to eat a day, how many grams of fat, sugar, etc. Yes, Spark gives me suggestions but I need real-world help. A real person would base things on my level of activity, lack of cooking skills, take my food likes/dislikes into account. My family doc referred me to a nutritionist today but since there is no coverage, I can't afford $300 a pop per session.

It amazes me that insurance companies will pay for all kinds of health problems related to or caused by or associated with obesity (hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.) but won't pay for anything to help us in our fight against the weight itself.

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ECAT77 12/31/2011 4:42PM

    Thanks for the great ideas! There is a wellness center one county over. Checked them out online and they actually have a new class on nutrition starting in mid-January. Just the kind of thing I want to get involved in! Of course the one thing they don't list is the price. I'll be calling on Tuesday to get more info. :)

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ALLIFANTASTICAL 12/31/2011 12:47AM

    I feel the same way! I too wonder if I need to seek professional help. Watching all these shows like the Biggest Loser & Heavy & Ruby...they have huge weight loss results because they have people around the clock forcing them to work out and eat good meals.

It's a way harder in the real world!

Maybe you could check into weight loss studies or something like that...maybe they could help you with a diet plan?

Good luck!

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MOMKAT4310 12/30/2011 1:47AM

    Don't know where you live, but look around for a college that has nutrition classes or a public school system. Not all school systems have a Registered Dietician, but some do. These people have a vested interest in good nutrition in the community and my offer services at a lower rate. Alternatively, try a local college if they have nutrition classes. Find out who teaches the classes, you may be able to get a graduate student who will work with you for much less money. We use senior students and graduate students to help many of our students and parents appreciate the low rates for tutoring. Our local wellness center offers nutrition counseling for much less than $300 a pop. Ask friends, if you are affiliated with a church or other community organization, there may be a member there who is interested in starting a nutrition group. Look for a local TOPS group, who have excellent nutrition information, or for a little more investment, try Weight Watchers. They all now look at cooking, food likes, and activity. Good Luck.

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JUST_BREATHE08 12/29/2011 11:33PM

    I agree!! It is so aggravating that you just want to chew nails. I don't understand it either. Hope this work out ok for you.

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