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So long summer; Happy New Year

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Most of my life has been driven by an academic calendar. My dad was a teacher, I was in school K-12 then 4 years of college, my husband has always worked for a University and I now do too. This has always--for me--been the reset and renew time of year much more so than January 1.

Today, I feel driven to restart. To do some deep house cleaning and deep bad habit cleaning. I've bought some new back to program clothes (yay sale on Old Navy's website) and am ready for a new term with new classes. Maybe some new teachers too--or at least some different classes. And like any student who wants to get A's it's time to do the work. To log my food, do the exercise and plan my meals.

My plan is simple--so simple I shouldn't have to write it down--but I will because I really NEED to do that:

1. Keep a food journal. Here. Everyday no matter what I eat.
2. Move. Make appointments to exercise and do the work. Make a 'plan B' for bad weather days.
3. More fruits and veggies; less white bread and alcohol.
4. Ask for help. When I had problems as a student I looked to others to help me 'get it'. Time to do the same here.

That's it--four things. If I do the work and work the plan, this is going to be a GREAT year.

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INGBADEN 9/17/2014 7:18AM

    Make exercise dates with me. emoticon I know it is football season so our saturday plan might not always work but come on the home season sucks this year anyway.

I love your plan. I gotta cut the alcohol down too, harder when work has gone to hell but you know.


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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 10:52PM

    Sounds like a great plan you can do it.

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What's up with me

Thursday, April 03, 2014

So last Friday I had my gallbladder removed to treat biliary dyskinesia. Basically that means my gallbladder wasn't doing it's job and instead just spasmed trying to empty, causing me a lot of pain and nausea. I did not have gallstones, which is part of why it took so long for my doctors to finally give me a diagnosis.

Surgery was planned and laparoscopic, so recovery has been pretty quick. I was off prescription pain meds in two days and have been pretty much taking it easy all week at home. I do get tired easily, but with five incisions that look like I was in a knife fight I think that's to be expected.

I've been using this time to really accurately track my food on SparkPeople and paying a lot more attention to the fat in my diet, which can be harder for me to digest until my body adjusts to not having a gallbladder. I've been doing a really good job of sticking to the lower end of my calorie range and portion control, and I'm really pleased with that.

I also made three recipes from the SparkPeople Cookbook this week and plan to make another tomorrow:

Paprika Chicken--it was OK. My husband seemed to like it more than me, but I would try it again.
Baked Lemon Rice - really good and really easy. I would make this again and could see a lot of modifications like different spices.
Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken - very good. I let it go too long, and it was still good. I didn't shred it like the recipe suggested, but think it would be good like that as sandwiches too. This will be repeated.

Tomorrow is Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry, which I have made before. I'm looking forward to that and looking forward to a healthier future.

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NIMIRRA137 4/4/2014 9:15AM

    Glad to hear your recovery is going well!

Adjusting to not having a gallbladder and eating less fattening foods does take time. I know people who have gone through that as well. It does make you pay more attention to what you put into your body.

Keep up the good work and i hope your recovery continues to go well!

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AHTRAP 4/4/2014 12:43AM

    Glad to hear the recovery has been smooth.

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PENNYPEARLS 4/3/2014 7:28PM

    I had my gall bladder removed last year. I can totally sympathize. Hope you have a speedy recovery. emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 4/3/2014 6:34PM

    I'm glad your recovery is going well all the dishes sound yummy to me.

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I need this

Sunday, March 02, 2014

That's not easy to admit--I really need SparkPeople in my life. I need the accountability. I need the virtual hugs. I need the advice. I need it all.

I also need to find a way to make this a part of my life and remember to work the plan I make daily--like brushing my teeth or other routines that I can't imagine forgetting.

To get myself going again, I'm going to start small, but at the same time go big. This week I'm going to:

emoticon Revisit my goals and adjust to make them achievable while still being challenging.
emoticon Make some new friends--SparkFriends.
emoticon Offer more encouragement to others--new friends and old.
emoticon Track my food, no matter what I eat. Good or bad I need to write it down.
emoticon Forgive myself. I spend way too much time beating myself up for not being thin, super active and 'perfect.' It's time to cut ME some slack.

Thank you again for joining me on this journey. Let me know what I can do to help you too. emoticon

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NEVERORNOW 3/3/2014 2:36PM

    Great goals for the week! emoticon Thanks for adding me as a friend! :)

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SWEETNEEY 3/3/2014 9:02AM

    I'm here for you.

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IAMSHERLOCKED13 3/3/2014 7:35AM

    I think that sounds like a great plan! Especially the cutting yourself some slack part. emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 3/2/2014 11:13PM

    Never forget to be kind to yourself. It is very hard to find the balance...just keep at it and you'll find it!

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77PINKLADY 3/2/2014 8:30PM

    Congrats for making the commitment. Looks liks you are well on your way to success! emoticon

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LJOYCE55 3/2/2014 8:30PM

  sounds like you are really thinking this through - good luck.

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It's been awhile . . .

Monday, February 03, 2014

If real life were really like this thing we all call a "journey" in this forum I would currently be wandering somewhere in the middle of Asia having gotten so very very far off track.

Lots has happened since I last was fully participating with Spark People. I could use this moment to rehash that--again--but that is not constructive. I've spent too much time IRL doing just that (often while skipping exercise or eating badly). What has happened is in the past; let it go.

This past Friday was Chinese New Year. I was reading a few days before about resolutions and times to make them; one suggestion was to pick a different new year as January is usually so hectic. Well, it was for me (in spades) and I really liked that idea.

So, Gong Hey Fat Choi. It's a new year and a new day. I resolve to try again, move past mistakes recent and not so recent and stopping using those as reasons to not take care of myself.

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After the storm

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The last two-three weeks have been completely insane. Students are back at the U, days are incredibly long for both me and my husband. Stress is at the maximum level--pretty much I have been working, eating (badly) and sleeping. Gym has been closed and I have been too tired for running. I feel like I am finally coming up for air.

I know this happens every year. I know it. And yet every year I sit here and wonder how I got so far off track.

I did a little better for the first week--had food in the house for dinner for a whole week. That really helped. Went on a few long walks with my husband as well. Not running, but not sitting either.

The plan is to get back to the exercise program--gym has reopened (yeah, did I mention my gym closes during the most stressful time of the year?). However, AC at gym is also broken and forecast is for the 90s next week. This is not going to be easy.

On the good side I have a vacation coming up in October. Back up North for lots of biking and walking. Really looking forward to that!

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AHTRAP 10/22/2013 12:41PM

    do you go to the county rec center? Tried to go there once around labor day, and found it closed. Went walking in the Arb instead.

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INGBADEN 9/9/2013 12:31PM

    You and me both sister.

Happy you have an upcoming vaction perfect to see the leaves change.

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BASS6196 9/8/2013 8:28AM

    It's great that you have a vacation to look forward to, make busy times a little less stressful.
Good luck working out with no AC. emoticon

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