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Attempt number 500 million, starting over again

Saturday, November 02, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I realized that I had been feeling down, tired, and sick for a few months. I had a headache all the time and was constantly drinking water and going to the bathroom. I called the doctor and made an appointment. Diagnosis.....blood pressure was elevated significantly and signs of pre-diabetes or type 2, needed blood work to be sure. Then came the blah, blah, blah and then - sure I will lose weight by eating healthy and mild exercise. I left with persciptions for 3 different drugs and wondering how I was going to actually eat healthy all the time.

In the past I have dieted/ate healthy many times. I would lose 25-40 pounds. Once everyone noticed and complimented me I would feel great. Which made me think - I am at a good weight. Then slowly I would gain the weight back. Ugh!

For the past couple weeks I have been really paying attention to my calorie / nutrition intake. I have noticed that I feel so much better. I'm sure the pills are helping, but I have lost 5 pounds. Now the problem is how do I stick with it?? I have never been able to stick with it for more than 9 to 12 months.

I feel full and satisfied eating the way I do now, which makes me happy! I have to take it one meal at a time.......

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INNERJETTIC 11/3/2013 1:43AM

    Maybe it would be a good idea to just keep coming back to Spark People, Maybe if you did that for the long haul, it might keep your mind where it needs to be, and thus your body too.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 11/2/2013 8:06PM

    emoticon and hopefully I can as well.
One meal at a time seems easy enough. Let's try it together.

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JUSTME9898 11/2/2013 8:02PM

    Your last words are the key - let the future take care of itself, just concentrate on this day or this meal
Sounds like you are doing great

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Trial run at trusting myself with portion control

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today I decided to see if I could make breakfast for my DH and myself, without weighing and measuring my portion. I was nervous about it, really, I had thoughts that I would go way over my calories...but worse than that I was concerned that I would really blow my carb and fat counts!

To an average person, like my DH, this sounds insane. But to the average newer healthy eating person this is hopefully quite normal. I hope :)

Well, I decided that eggs, bacon and homemade potatoes was the main menu. Of course when I started preparing the meal I weighed the potatoes before I chopped and cooked them so I could calculate my meal after I ate it. Yes after I ate it. Whew scary!

So I fried the potatoes with onions in olive oil (all measured and noted). Fried 3 strips of bacon. These were shared foods...then for him I fried him 2 eggs with a little butter. I weighed the full amount of potatoes and gave him 3/4's of the gross. While he enjoyed his breakfast I continued cooking mine.

I made an omelete out of 6 tbsp of egg beaters, green pepper, garlic and feta cheese. (these too were all measured).

In the end I ate fried potatoes w/onions, Egg beaters omelet w/green pepper, spinach and feta cheese, and one strip of bacon.

It was yummy - after eating and cleaning up the kitchen I calculated all ingredients and added them to my tracker. I was very happy :) I managed to stay under my minimum calories by 13, under carbs by 4, and best of all under fat by 11!

I am so proud of myself. I figure that eventually I have to learn to trust myself cooking and eating without measuring everything I put in my mouth! After all we are teaching ourselves how to eat properly for the rest of our lives. I feel like I might just have graduated from eating pre-school.

I am going to have another quiz at lunch and the final exam will be dinner. :) Next level is kindergarten.....

Good Luck everyone and eat for better health and a better life!

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AUTUMNBRZ 5/19/2012 10:19AM


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Feeling better today

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I woke up feeling happy today. Not that unusual for me but today was different. I feel more energetic and lighter. Even though the scale seems to think otherwise. I credit this feeling to the food tracker and the fact that I have been staying in my limits or just under for the past couple of weeks. I have been choosing my foods a lot more carefully these days. I was eating healthy foods but not in the right groupings. Either I was eating to many carbohydrates in one meal or too much protein. I am amazed that I have to intentionally eat foods that contain reasonable amounts of fats. I have always tried to eat no fats while dieting. Fat I learned is necessary for good health! Truly amazing discovery. My husband is now more interested in eating healthy too. So this new LIFESTYLE is going to get even easier to maintain. Thank you SP! You have given me a new outlook on life. I am not in any hurry to lose my excess weight. I believe that slow and steady wins the race. :)

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BROCCOLIROSE 4/7/2012 10:45AM

    Isn't it amazing that in a short period of time we can start to feel better! Good to hear your DH has also seen the benefit of eating well and moving that body! I wish you much success on your journey to a healthier you. Remember, this is NOT a "diet"...diets have a beginning AND an "ending". Changing your lifestyle is forever!

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