Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Score one for me !
My husband and I went shopping at our local grocery store, the one with the great bakery, and I resisted temptation ! We did not even go thru the bakery, I steered the cart away !
We didn't buy any goodies, even though we were in the cookie aisle. My husband was eyeing a few but didn't say anything.
Now, I just have to keep doing this.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Major Milestone ! 5 Years at Goal !!!
I’ve never maintained a weight loss for so long ! I am so proud of me ! I’ve made changes in my lifestyle that I know will be with me for the rest of my life.
Weight Loss Anniversary Notes
I don’t stay on track 100% of the time, allowing myself the occasional sweet treat or pizza for dinner. Those are the most tempting off program foods for me. No problem, as long as it’s “occasional”. I have had times when I’ve gone completely off track and overindulged in sweet treats. Still working on getting that in control. And I’m also working on losing an additional 10 pounds. I think that will be a healthier weight for me.
Eating Habits –
I now eat a mostly healthy diet, lots of veggies, fruits, chicken and turkey on occasion & beans in place of beef, which I’ve eliminated. I’m still working on putting fish in my diet. Other than tuna salad, salmon salad, and breaded fish, I just don’t like the taste.
I eat whole grain breads and cereals, and I’m always looking for healthy snacks.
I’m lactose intolerant so I drink almond milk, and recently switched from the sweetened vanilla to unsweetened vanilla, to cut down on the sugar in my diet.
Areas I still need to work on are sweets and portions, especially when I have sweets. I know that what I really need to do is remove tempting goodies from the house, but that’s hard to do since my hubby loves those goodies and I don’t want to deprive him. I’m focusing on not having the goodies that I like in the house. That is helping. The biggest temptation is when we shop at our local grocery store. They have the best bakery section and I have a hard time avoiding it, especially since you have to pass thru it on the way to produce. SO not fair !
I always enjoyed exercising and staying active, however I fell into a sedentary lifestyle about 20 years ago after a severe flare of arthritis of the spine that forced me to quit working. I was depressed and in pain. I ate for comfort. Just about anything I did increased my pain level, so I did nothing. Needless to say I gained weight. When I found Spark the fall of 2006 I spent a few months exploring the site, reading articles, visiting teams and reading posts. I began to feel that I could try harder, that any activity would be better than nothing at all. I began my Spark program in January of 2007 and am so glad I did.
I don’t think that exercise has helped with my weight loss/maintenance efforts. The reason being that I cannot exercise long or hard due to chronic pain. When I first got serious in my Spark journey, 6 years ago, I could only exercise for 5 minutes at a time. Gradually I increased that, to 7”, then 10”. Then I added a second daily exercise session. I bought an elliptical and gradually increased my time to 10”, but have not been able to increase that time without increasing my pain level.
Even now, after exercising regularly for the past 6 years, I’m limited to 10” on the elliptical. Recently I added the gazelle to my workout and have been able to add 5” to my time by alternating between the two.
I can’t do any exercise that requires running, jogging, jumping, hopping, or sitting.
I do best with walking exercises – Leslie Sansone, elliptical, gazelle, Walk It Out Wii video, a George Foreman video, my “ABBA” walk (walking around the house to an ABBA cd), Wii tennis, and some strength exercises, all with modifications.
Why I keep exercising –
I believe that doing something, anything, is better than doing nothing, even if the way I exercise is not helping with my maintenance efforts.
Exercise gives me a sense of accomplishment, a feeling that I’m doing something positive for my health.
Helps ease some stiffness, as long as I don’t push it too much.
Makes me feel stronger.
I often feel I “must” exercise and force myself to do it, even if I’m having an off day. If I skip a scheduled exercise day for any reason, even pain, I feel like I have to make up for it.
New Exercise Maintenance Plan –
I’m going to change the way I think, from I “must” exercise to I “want” to exercise.
I’m going to do exercises I enjoy, not ones I feel I have to do.
I’m going to continue with my exercise schedule but if I miss a day for any reason I will not feel that I have to make it up.
I promise myself to continue this healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life.
Motivation got me started, habit keeps me going.
Monday, March 04, 2013
I'm starting Spark Coach today (3 months free because I bought the new Spark book). I'm using the plateau busting program. I was doing good on my own but lost my momentum again.
I’m doing this for myself.
I want to be as healthy as I can be as I age.
I want to feel as good as I did when I was maintaining in the mid 150 range, not the low 160's where I've been hovering for too long.
Think before you eat.
Remind yourself how good it felt when you weighed 153-157.
Ask – “Would the healthy me choose this?”
Today's Plan -
B – oat bran/juice
L – salmon/bread/laughing cow/V8
D – LC mac & cheese/carrots
S – yogurt + another healthy snack
Exercise – ABBA walk - AM
Elliptical/gazelle or WIO – PM
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I've seen this on some blogs, thought I'd give it a try just for fun –
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Last night, while watching Robin Roberts’ story on 20/20
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes. I consider myself to be a loyal friend, kind, understanding and a good listener. All traits I like in my friends.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
I think I would if I could. But I’d be scared crazy. I went parasailing once and loved it, would do it again in a heartbeat !
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Bob’s Red Mill Oat Bran
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Nope. I have elastic laces that make my shoes into slip ons since bending causes me pain.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
For the most part, yes.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Panic – crazy good ! I only buy it once or twice a year, otherwise I might get addicted !
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m quiet, always staying in the background. I don’t like to bring attention to myself, preferring to be a listener.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Oddly enough, my father. He was an alcoholic and although he lived with us he was never involved in our family. I tried many times to get to know him, to understand him, but he wasn’t interested, even told me, when I was 15, that he would never stop drinking. When he died I mourned the father I never knew and wished I had.
18. ANY TATTOOS?
19. DO YOU HAVE ANY HOBBIES?
Yes, reading, Swedish weaving, needlepoint, gardening in the summer, I like playing computer games
20. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
21. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
baked oatmeal with raisins + milk
22. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Michael Buble on Pandora
23. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
24. FAVORITE SMELLS?
vanilla, chocolate, lavender, baby powder, Voile d’ambre by Yves Rocher
25. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
26. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
27. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
The Olympics, I like both summer and winter events.
28. HAIR COLOR?
Light brown mixed with white
29. EYE COLOR?
30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
31. FAVORITE FOOD?
Several – Bob’s Red Mill Oat Bran for breakfast, Spaghetti or Gnocchi for dinner, grilled cheese sandwich at lunch, and of course chocolate !!!
32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
35. SUMMER OR WINTER?
If those are my choices, summer. I prefer spring and fall.
36. HUGS OR KISSES?
37. FAVORITE DESSERT?
My Mom’s apple crumb pie. MMMMMMM
38. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
39. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Juliet by Anne Fortier
41. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
A picture of my favorite kitty, Rocky, when he was a kitten.
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
One of my cats purring.
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
West Chester, Pennsylvania
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Yeah, it was kind of fun.
Friday, February 15, 2013
What an ugly week this has been !
Monday night around 10pm - had a skin reaction to one of my PM meds, most likely the baby aspirin. I developed a burning, itchy, red rash that spread quickly. I've had this type of reaction before to other meds so I knew immediately what it was and what to expect. It's nasty, nasty, nasty. The rash comes with swelling, then blisters and peels. Within an hour of the rash starting we had gone to the store for some benadryl and cortisone cream and I started them right away. The quickest I ever got started on treatment. (same treatment my doc always prescribes) So far so good. It seems to be subsiding.
Wednesday - I had side effects from the benadryl - shakey, weak, nauseated, pounding headache. I always have problems with antihistamines and avoid them. But the benadryl was a necessary evil. I only took a total of 4 doses before the side effects kicked in, and took the last dose around midnite Tuesday.
Today - all side effects from the benadryl are gone. The rash seems to be improving, no blistering. Got my fingers crossed.
Haven't focused much on my exercise or healthy eating this week. Now that I'm feeling better I can get re focused again.
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