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Took the leap!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I made an appointment for Friday to get started on a medically supervised nutrition/lifestyle program/counseling. A friend's roommate is the nutritionist and trainer for the program, and she put us in touch after I had kind of a mini-meltdown on facebook a few weeks ago. I spent some time getting my crap back together and working the nerve up, but I got back to her yesterday, and away we go!

I looked at their website after I made the appointment- this is a legitimate doctor's office, the physician offers a variety of medical, as well as general internal medicine services. The fitness and nutrition program is a 10 week program. You meet with Carrie (the nutritionist and the girl I've been talking to, ie: the friend's roommate) once a week the first five weeks, then every other week for the rest of the time. Afterwards they touch base with you about once a month to make sure you're still doing ok.

My appointment Friday will be setting up a chart and having blood work done, like at a physical, so Carrie will know what she is working with on our first session. I'll be able to explain more after Friday, I'm sure. I'm excited and a little nervous, but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time, get some professional help.

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PGHP31CK 8/21/2014 10:31AM

    Good for you! I know that this type of program made a difference for me.

Cheering you on!!

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STEPH-KNEE 8/21/2014 6:28AM

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KRISTA987 8/20/2014 8:44PM

    Congrats on taking that first big step! It will only get easier from here!


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UNSWEETMAMA 8/20/2014 4:22PM


(and "professional help" made me snicker)

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WIFEALF2 8/20/2014 1:53PM

    Good luck....

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CATTUTT 8/20/2014 1:46PM

    That's so awesome! Good luck with it!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/20/2014 1:29PM

    That's great! Looking forward to hearing about your experiences with it.

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ADARKARA 8/20/2014 11:28AM

    Sounds like a great idea! I really hope it works out. =)

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LWILKINS60 8/20/2014 10:47AM

    Good luck! A friend of mine lost 30 pounds on such a program in Little Rock, associated with the local hospital.

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PEGGY11 8/20/2014 10:24AM

    Sounds like a good plan. I am waiting to hear from a dietitian near me. I can go to one in Kingston, but it involves walking for miles in the hospital and from the parking lot to the hospital. Just too much for my poor knees. Last time I was on crutches for a few weeks and I don't want that to happen again.

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MAGIK0731 8/20/2014 10:03AM

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August Fitness Assessment

Friday, August 15, 2014

First of all- thanks everyone for all the support and comments on my office food blog. I'll make sure to make some time this afternoon and give you a personal thank you for stopping by!

I had my monthly check in with my trainer at the gym, so I thought I would put the numbers up from last month versus this month. It's good to have to look back on during the hard days.

Weight: July 322.8 August 300.8 emoticon
Body Fat%: July 49.8 August 48.5 emoticon
Water %: July 37.8 August 38.3 emoticon
Muscle Mass lb: July 153.8 August 147.0 emoticon
BMR: July 2364 August 2283 emoticon
Metabolic Age: July 50 August 50
Bone Mass lb: July 8.2 August 8.3 emoticon
Visceral Fat%: July 16 August 15 emoticon
Waist: July 50 August 49 emoticon
Hips: July 59 August 58.5 emoticon
Thigh: July 31 August 31
Upper Arm: July 14.5 August14.25 emoticon
Calf: July 19.25 August 19 emoticon
Waist to Hip Ratio%:July .85 August .84 emoticon

I have had a friend's roommate who is a nutritionist reach out to me a couple of weeks ago, when I had a backslide and was reacting badly to it. I took a few weeks to sulk, and work on a game plan, and while it does seem to be working, I have been giving some serious consideration in taking her up on her offer to come to her office. They accept most insurance, and even if my insurance won't cover it, I do have a healthcare savings account I can use to help pay the $45 office visit fee if I have to. If it helps me from backsliding again, I'm all about it. I've been wanting to see a nutritionist/dietician for a while now. I'll have a chat with her and see what happens.

Here's to hope, hard work and good nutrition that I can kick that .8lb this week! Thanks again for being here, Sparkers.

Yours in good health! emoticon

*Edit- man, I took all this time to format my little coloumns and when it posted it looked like confusing crap. I fixed it. Kind of.

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KRISTA987 8/15/2014 9:20PM

    Those are some awesome numbers! It's so great when we can see our hard work paying off! Congrats on a successful month!

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    Great job! Keep it up!!

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CATTUTT 8/15/2014 2:18PM

    You've lost so much weight, that's amazing!! Congrats!!

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ADARKARA 8/15/2014 12:22PM

    You've lost TWENTY TWO POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!! (Yes, this deserves extra exclamation points!)

You are amazing!!!

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GSEATON 8/15/2014 11:58AM

    Love your stats! You keep me motivated, gurl! You're doing soooooooo gooooood!

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I am food shaming my office.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I had some delicious oatmeal this morning, and my tummy will be satisfied until I eat my much anticipated butternut squash risotto that I made last night for lunch.

I got up to get some water and I find this has appeared:



This is the fourth day in a row of some kind of crap being brought into this office. And to top it all off, a few minutes after we were emailed about this "breakfast" being available, which consists of: apple pie, doughnuts, bagels, lemonade, sweet tea and fruit punch; my manager comes over looking grumpy, knocks on my desk and points over at it. I just shook my head at her. Then she proceeds to wander through our desks, almost yelling at us that we must not be reading our emails, I guess because not much had been taken at this point. I know I'm over sensitive to this stuff, but is wan't just me; a couple of us talked about it after she went back into her office and the general feeling was that she was acting hostile. About junk food of all things.

This makes me so angry. I sit here and listen to people complain about needing to lose weight and then watching them stuff their faces with crap like this, not drinking the first stitch of water, trying all these absolutely mad diet schemes. And there is absolutely zero support from the place that we spend half our lives at. Oh, we can get a discount to Weight Watchers. Which does no good when you have people like my management who have turned sometimes foods into everyday buffets. This is food pushing to the extreme. It was kind of funny at first, but I'm really getting sick of this. It's bad enough that it's here so often in the first place, but to try and bully me into eating it?? I don't like the toss this word about trivially, but it's almost harassment at this point.

I have threatened to bring in an oatmeal breakfast bar next week.

Thanks for listening to my rage-y vent. I've got a meeting in 15 minutes, so I'm going to go get ready for that. Have a great day!

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KRISTA987 8/14/2014 8:54PM

    I know exactly how you feel, and I'm even part of our social committee!!!! In our meeting I'm always the one going on about how we need to have healthier options. I don't always win those fights, but at least I'm trying!

And I'm just as dumbfounded as you, with the one's on the crazy diets, but then are stuffing their faces whenever there's cake or some kind of goodies in the lunchroom....and then they're crying about not loosing weight! GAH!!

Sometimes I feel like my spark-friends are the only sane people in this world!!!!

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VERSESTHATHURT 8/14/2014 10:32AM

    Wow...she sounds nuts. We get a lot of junk food around here, especially around the holidays but no one is pushy about it. She does sound hostile. Also, it just seems weird to me that she expects everyone to eat this unplanned breakfast. I could maybe understand if she had let everyone know like the day before maybe, but still. And who brings pie for breakfast anyway?

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PGHP31CK 8/14/2014 9:12AM

    I LOVE the idea of an oatmeal bar!!! I've stayed at hotels that have a crockpot with oatmeal surrounded by all sorts of delicious, healthy toppings, and that's my go-to for breakfast when I'm travelling! Maybe some of your co-workers could go in with you to make it happen, then you could invite your manager.

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CATTUTT 8/13/2014 9:24PM

    I don't blame you for being irritated, that's really annoying. It's no wonder people continue to get unhealthier.

Hope your day got better!

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ADARKARA 8/13/2014 12:53PM

    Can you all work together and petition for healthier food? I mean, it's nice that they're having food available, but it should be healthy food, not pie for BREAKFAST. Sheesh.

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SOOKIE 8/13/2014 12:32PM

    btw, that's an awesome idea about the oatmeal bar ... think i'll steal that idea for our office winter breakfast party ... lol!

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SOOKIE 8/13/2014 12:31PM

    Good for you for staying focused! Don't let it get to you. Sometimes I find the best counter to that is to bring in healthy stuff. Dh is not much of a banana eater, so I'll bring in any extra fruit to the office - and you won't hear any complaints over that. Continue to be the healthy example! They'll thank you for it later!

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ATGOALWT 8/13/2014 11:45AM

  Don't give in and eat it. Can you start a weight loss club with your co-workers. Every person puts 5 or 10 dollars a month into an envelope and the one who loses the highest percentage of body fat at the end of the month gets the money. If you get your co-workers on board then it's all of you against her and if she is bringing in the food she will eventually stop when no one eats it.

It's like the only reason stores have candy at the check out stand is because people grab it. If people didn't buy it they would remove it. I would suggest to have your own healthy yummy snacks in your desk so you're not tempted to grab something,

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LAILATN 8/13/2014 11:40AM

    Ugh. No good. I'd be peeved too.

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PEGGY11 8/13/2014 11:27AM

    Is this woman heavy? Does she just not want anyone else to do what she can not.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/13/2014 11:26AM

    Bring in that Oatmeal Breakfast Bar I think it is a great idea. I would enjoy some thing like that better than donuts and I love donuts but some one taking the time to bring in some thing tasty and healthy like oatmeal emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/13/2014 11:27:48 AM

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UNSWEETMAMA 8/13/2014 11:22AM

    That's just... wow.

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Winging It

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I've been doing a lot of cooking lately, and sometimes I just don't feel like digging through dozens of recipes looking for one that strikes my fancy. So a couple of times now I've just decided to wing it and give making it from the top of my head a try. The three recipes I've tried so far are: black bean enchiladas, spinach bacon and feta quiche, and tuna noodle casserole. I know just enough about these things to get into trouble.

I pleasantly surprised myself by them all turning out into things that I would happily eat again! Which is a good thing since the tuna noodle and enchiladas got portioned and frozen as part of my homemade frozen lunches campaign! Even the hubs enjoyed them! It's nice to have some new things to put into the rotation. I was getting awfully tired of the same basic menu every week. These casserole style dishes help stretch our budget, too. I enjoy feeling competent in the kitchen.

Speaking of, we split a swordfish steak for dinner last night- might I just add that I put the perfect sear on that sucker and it was still just as tender and moist on the inside? When I'm good, I'm so very good. Now just wait till I get to share the flipside to that, because when I'm bad, I'm so very very bad! (Like when I turned down the wrong burner and left rice "simmering" on high for over half an hour. Bar Keepers Friend was my friend that day!

Happy, healthy eating, my friends!

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KRISTA987 8/12/2014 7:38PM

    Awesome!!! I also try to rotate some new dishes into our dinners. We had an awesome recipe for chicken & black bean burritos & a chicken guacamole salad wrap that have both become regulars. Let me know if you want the recipes!

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CATTUTT 8/12/2014 1:41PM

    I love it when I come up with a yummy recipe out of my own mind. Those are sometimes the best. The ones you came up with sound delicious!

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ADARKARA 8/12/2014 1:40PM

    sounds delicious! way to go!

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Productive weekend!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I got a ton accomplished this weekend and I feel great!

Yesterday my contacts came in so I picked those up on my way to a yoga seminar. The seminar was a half hour shorter than anticipated and since we didn't actually practice, just held three poses; I jumped on a bike since I was already at the gym and dressed to work out! I did the 10k program for some active recovery because I ran Thursday then I walked three miles with my best friend Friday after work. I picked up subs on the way home so we could have lunch before we went grocery shopping.

Today we did our first home improvement project; we replaced the garbage disposal! And we got through it without killing each other! And it works! Then we spent a couple of hours in the yard. I've got the last of two laundry loads in the dryer, the bed sheets changed and I'll be cooking two recipes to portion and freeze for lunches. Lasagna is in the oven.

The worst thing I can think to say about this weekend is that it's now 6:30 and I haven't eaten since we had french toast around 10:30. We should certainly sleep well tonight!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

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ERNOINACTION 8/11/2014 2:26PM

    Seems like a good one. Those home improvement projects can be interesting :) Here's to a new week!

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CATTUTT 8/10/2014 9:30PM

    Excellent job on such a productive weekend!

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    Great job!!!

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