Monday, March 08, 2010
Plan for this week -
Exercise - at least 30" of cardio at least 4 days this week
strength exercises at least twice this week
Eating plan - continue with the food journal, recording calories, fiber, fruit/veg servings,
sweets servings - most days this week
really pay attention to my sweets urges, triggers, etc
Thursday will be 2 years at goal! I'm going to buy myself a new exercise DVD and stability ball for my reward (should have replaced the ball a while ago when I got notice it was recalled for bursting danger).
Sunday, February 21, 2010
My Mom's having a small flare right now, possibly from adding some questionable foods back into her diet. Her doc increased her med the other day and it seems to be helping. I suggested she keep track of what she eats and if it causes any problems so she's going to do that using a notebook. She has confidence in her doc so her spirits are pretty good. She's keeping in close contact with the doc.
Except for some worry about my Mom I'm less stressed. We're dealing with the sudden loss of Charlie by lavishing attention on Cosmo, and he's loving it. His FLUTD seems to be in control, his energy level is back up and he loves his new special diet. Financial stresses are also settling down.
I'm better able to focus on my exercise/eating plan, with a few slip ups here and there, but overall back on track. I'm 2 pounds above my maintenance weight range but confident that won't be for long. I'm finishing week 3 of the 28 day program from The Spark book. It's a good refresher for me.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
I talked to my Mom yesterday, and she's feeling so much better. We talk every few days. All my stress began with her illness in November. We were so worried about her. She was hospitalized for severe anemia from weeks of bloody diarrhea that her GI doc was not addressing. She finally saw a second GI doc who admitted her immediately for blood transfusions, iron infusions, emergency colonoscopy and endoscopy. She was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and put on a ton of new meds and a special diet. As of today she's only on one new med, is increasing her diet to regular as tolerated, regaining some of the weight she lost, and is in remission.
Another stress had a worse ending. My 6 year old kitty was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor of his leg and we made the difficult decision to put him to sleep, as this tumor would metastasize and reappear any time, anywhere in the body. As a result of losing him, his buddy developed feline urinary disease, from the stress. Fortunately we caught it quickly and he's doing much better now. He was on my lap this morning, purring and napping, and I felt peaceful for the first time in months. I realized that helping him deal with missing his buddy and with his illness is helping me too.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
It's been a difficult few months for me. Since mid November I've been dealing with a long list of stresses, one right after another, piled on top of each other, that have dimmed my Spark. Most of the stresses have been resolved, some in a good way, others not so much. Most of the time I did follow my maintenance plan, but some days I had no energy or desire to exercise or make healthy choices. I was so preoccupied and weary that I considered quitting my teams. I knew that wasn't a good choice but I'm a very private person and not one to reach out for help. I still feel a little disconnected and need to get focused back on my program.
In spite of it all I did manage to stay in my maintenance range most of the time, going above 2-3 pounds at times. My plan is to restart the Spark Diet this week and use that to get myself 100% back on track.
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