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Successful Second Challenge Start

Monday, September 17, 2012

5 Day Challenge -

No Sweets
1250 calories max

First week - 9/10-9/14 -
Free day - 9/15 - Went overboard with sweets. Do better next time.

5 Day Challenge #2 – 9/16-9/20 -

Did great yesterday !
No sweets – not even a craving
Stayed under 1250 calories – and wasn’t hungry -

B – cereal/peaches
L – baked oatmeal
D – veg sloppy/cheese/roll
S – Quaker bar

Exercise – WIO – 20” & worked outside for about an hour

What kept me on track –

Reminding myself to be accountable
Asking – Would the healthy me eat this?
Reminding myself how much better it feels to eat healthy

Today’s Plan –

Food journal – 1250 calories max
No sweets
Exercise – strength today – circuits in two sessions, AM & PM – total 30”
Be accountable
Remember – it feels so much better to eat healthy
Watch for triggers
We’re headed to Amelia’s today – before buying ask “would the healthy me eat this?

Motivation –
Control cholesterol without drugs
Feel healthier

Be persistent.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

A-NEW-TARA 9/17/2012 1:54PM

    emoticon I love the way you've laid this all out. You can do it! Conquering that sweet tooth is a huge accomplishment, stick with it and you will get beyond the cravings!

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Final treatment celebration

Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Mom had her last radiation treatment yesterday. She said when she came out into the lobby the staff was all lined up and they read what she described as a "happy poem" to her. There was a big bell hanging on the wall, she was told to ring it three times, then they all threw confetti on her ! She said confetti was still falling out of her hair this morning when she got up !
She sounded so happy on the phone, laughing and I could tell smiling widely, as she told me. I think it's fantastic that they made such a fuss.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

A-NEW-TARA 8/30/2012 6:58PM

    What a happy blog, congrats to your mom for getting through her treatments and to have those behind her as she can now move forward in her life. Having gone through cancer myself I know the toll the whole process can take on the patient and the family, there is something very special about the nurses, doctors and staff that work in the cancer wards and treatment centers, it is wonderful how special they make each patient feel. I am smiling and celebrating with, and for, your mom and you!

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KSCRAP363 8/30/2012 12:26PM

    WONDERFUL! Thanks so much for sharing yours and your Mom's happiness with us!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2012 12:02PM

    Thrilled for your Mom. My Mom had the same thing when she finished radiations tx for breast cancer in August last year. Brought tears to her eyes. . . and mine!

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DOTTY7267 8/30/2012 10:50AM

    Hooray for your Mom! That's a wonderful thing to celebrate. Having a couple of girlfriends to complete therapy was a wonderful milestone that they shared with family, friends, and facebook.

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SUPERACHIEVER 8/30/2012 10:46AM

    That's wonderful that they would do that. Your mom achieved a huge milestone and that should be celebrated. You've got to feel relieved now too. I am soooooo happy for you.

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To my Unhealthy Self, 8/26

Monday, August 27, 2012

August 26, 2012

Dear Unhealthy me,

I looked in the mirror this morning and studied my reflection. I did not like what I saw. I’ve regained pounds that I lost more than 4 years ago and it definitely shows. I don’t look as healthy or happy as I was when I first lost the weight. I also know that clothes that were loose before are snugger now. I’m not happy about this, haven’t been for some time. This is not new, I’ve just been dragging my feet getting back on the healthy wagon I was on.

My eating habits have deteriorated -

Eating too many sweets too often
Not watching portions
Eating in front of the TV
Giving in to cravings
Eating too many high cal meals

The reasons don’t matter, stress, worries, frustration, etc, have no part in dictating how I eat. It’s time I realized that and stop trying to explain my slip ups away by blaming external factors. And it’s time I stopped “analyzing” what I’m doing wrong and just get to work.

I know my triggers – being tired, worried, in pain, bored, feeling stressed. I need to work on ways to handle those triggers – Rest when I need to, especially when I’m in pain, keep busy to avoid boredom, find ways to relax, maybe try meditation or yoga, stop worrying and stressing so much especially if it’s about something that’s not in my control.

Yesterday I did very well. I restarted my program. I used my food journal, stayed within my calorie range, ate very healthy all day, and got in some exercise. Felt good at the end of the day.

Today, so far I’m doing great. Made out my day’s menu and have followed it, planning exercise this afternoon - WIO and Wii Sports. Following thru on today’s plan will make me feel great at the end of the day and tomorrow when I plan to write myself another letter.

The Future Once-Again-Healthy Me

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KFEASEL13 8/27/2012 1:26PM

    Great job getting back on track! You can do it! emoticon

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CATLADYX8 8/27/2012 10:55AM

    Never quit!!!! That's my motto. I feel for you. I have been in the same position the last few days, well maybe weeks. I was doing well for 5 months and fell off the wagon on Saturday. I felt terrible, but then realized that I am human. Life happens and it is how I chose to deal with it that makes the difference. So I made some bad choices. I can and WILL change that and make good choices. I did it once I can do it again. I started over yesterday and had a good day. the support here at SP really helps. hang in there. We can do it!! We're worth it!!!

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AMALLECO 8/27/2012 10:49AM

    I love this!

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Finally getting back in the groove

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rough couple of weeks. Had a sinus infection with a constant headache and face pain that prevented me from exercising. I also gave in to comfort eating, naughty, naughty me. I'm finally feeling better, the headache is now only minimal and the face pain/pressure is gone. YAY ! I've restarted my exercise and yesterday got back to the healthy eating. It's been hit and miss. I'm surprised how much I missed regular exercise, it feels so good to get back to it. Did my ABBA walk yesterday and today I'm going to do some Wii.


My Mom finishes up her radiation treatments this week. She's done amazing. She was told she'd get fatigued and that her skin would redden and possibly break down. For that reason she was told she should not continue to swim. She never had either problem, no fatigue, and her skin only gets red right after a treatment, then goes away. And she's continued to swim 3 times a week the entire time ! The only problem she's developed is lymphedema (swelling) of her arm, mostly the hand. She's doing mild exercises and keeping the hand elevated. The doc is sending her for therapy after she finishes her radiation. She's also to start medication to prevent recurrence of the cancer after the radiation is done.


Spark restart Stage 2

Monday, August 06, 2012

Still working on my Spark restart. Finished stage one, Fast Break. Working on Stage two now, Healthy Diet Habits. I'm concentrating on portion sizes, a problem of mine. I'm checking serving sizes on packages and measuring to be sure. I make note of how a serving size looks on a plate or in a bowl.

Stage 2 Plan -

Food Journal
Use smaller plates
Read labels for serving sizes
MEASURE for accuracy
5 freggie servings daily
Breakfast daily
At least 8 glasses water daily
Eat only when hungry

My Mom was here for the weekend. She's doing great ! She's almost halfway thru her radiation treatments with no adverse effects. No fatigue, a little tired but that's all. She's still swimming 3 times a week, a mile each time. (she's 82 !) The doc was not sure she should because the radiation irritates the skin, so does the chlorine in the pool. They're keeping a close watch on her skin, so far so good. Just a little pink but no irritation. She loves to swim so I hope she can keep going, I know how much she'd miss it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOANNS4 8/6/2012 8:36PM

    Good plan. Your mom sounds amazing. God bless you both.

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AUNTB63 8/6/2012 12:03PM

    Stage two plan is great. I found this phase to be something that has stayed with me to this day. I especially like the smaller plate idea....works wonders getting the mind to visualize a full plate even though it is smaller.
Prayers coming for your Mom and hoping she will continue to a full recovery. emoticon

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VINTAGEPAGE 8/6/2012 11:44AM

  That's great news about your mom! Good luck on reaching your goals and getting back on track :o)

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IRISHANGIE1 8/6/2012 11:44AM

    Felina, thanks for sharing your blog with us! Looks like you have your Nutrition Plan under complete control, wow that is great, and I'm sure you will stay on track.

I loved that you shared with us the information about your MOM!! She is an amazing woman, who is facing some pretty serious health conditions from the sound of your blog, and still manages to live a full life. I'll keep her in my prayers, as well as you.... when a loved one is sick it is not easy for a daughter to experience this!! You feel so helpless and want to do everything you can to help your Mom, but you are doing everything right, you are allowing your Mom to be her own person....and there is no greater gift than that.

Thanks so much for sharing!!....and God Bless your Mom and you!!

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