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Welcome back food tracker: I've missed you 16 lbs. worth.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I slipped quietly off to enjoy traditional holiday fare...and promised myself that my Jan. 19 birthday was the cut-off on that reckless behavior.

I did try to maintain some sense of portion control. I didn't count carbs...I ate them morning, noon, and night. I enjoyed them. On some levels. But my body didn't enjoy them.

One of the first things I noticed was my return to being achy and stiff. That only took about 24 hours. Increased Carbs = Increased Stiffness

Then of course was the weight gain. SIXTEEN (yes 16) pounds total since mid-December. About 10 lbs. of it right in the first week. Which tells me it is water gain, and probably goes hand in hand with the achy/stiffness. My body just doesn't like carbs. I theorize, from what I've read, that it is a general reaction to vastly increased insulin levels. My blood sugar only rises slightly. But my weight and pain level increases DRAMATICALLY.

So, yesterday was yesterday, and today is today. Back to the reality that I MUST eat for my health, not for my carb-lovin' sweet tooth.

Before 1 month carb binge: bp 120/64 After 1 month carb binge: bp 134/89
Before carb binge: resting heart rate: 62 After carb binge: resting heart rate: 84
Before carb binge: pain level: 0 After carb binge: pain level: 5
Before carb binge: weight: 189 After carb binge: 205

Was it worth it? No...I don't think so now... But back in December, with visions of sugar plums dancing...seemed like it was.

Back to very controlled carbs, adequate protein, ultra nutrition, lots of water, sunshine and exercise.

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PKBOO3 1/22/2013 11:33AM

    Glad to have you back on here. You can do it!

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DIET_FRIEND 1/20/2013 3:09PM

    Welcome to Sparking again. I bet it is so frustrating to have to relose those pounds. I would have been crushed to get out of onederland. No carb tastes as good as healthy and fit feels (at least I hope!).

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Going to make it...I've decided.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

In January of this year I began a quilt that I call War and Peace...little did I know what this year would bring to my life:
February: my Daddy died unexpectedly.
a son announced marriage plans
another son announced a new addition to their family

March: I began a new journey toward weight loss and health.

April: Husband becomes gravely ill...missed two weeks of work with an unknown virus.
I'm sued by my step-mother to produce my Daddy's will...and I find out that she hates me and refuses to speak to me...apparently forever...and I still don't know what I've
done wrong and feel as though ive lost two parents this year. I wasn't and never have been the custodian of dad's will.

May: a plague of grasshoppers take over my hill...eating everything I'd worked so hard to plant. No...really...epic numbers of grasshoppers...I probably cant imagine their the billions.

August: discovered my uncle has throat cancer.
Dear friends first grandbaby arrives...and the mom nearly died after the doc nicked a major artery...and apparently didn't realize it until she required 4 units of blood...paddles...and another emergency surgery.
Began Spark.

October: birth of another grandchild finds me helping with the unexpectedly quick delivery.
Wedding of a son.
November: wedding of another son.
Decision that I must go to work...I've been home with our children for nearly 30 years...big life adjustment.
Uncle is nearing hard to see him go this way.
And I'm struggling with a painful UTI.

December already has at least two job and saying goodbye to Uncle Don.

It has been a difficult year. Among it all are thousands of reasons to be thankful. And among it all I'm trying to stay positively motivated to get this extra weight off and become more healthy. I'm feeling the stress. But I'm not giving up. And the friends I've gained on Spark are largely the reason I'm still focused on my health and weight loss. I really appreciate the contribution each of you bring to our experience here on Spark.

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PKBOO3 11/27/2012 11:47AM

    Stay motivated and keep in touch with as many of your Spark Buddies as you can. They are such motivators. So sorry for your loss this year and congrats on the weddings & births.

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DIET_FRIEND 11/25/2012 11:14PM

    Getting older isn't for sissies. Your summary reminds me of that song from Fiddler on the Roof: Sunrise, sunset, swiftly go the years, one season following another, laden with happiness and tears.

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TEQPEACH 11/25/2012 9:45AM

    I can feel in your post that you have the spirit to survive. You can make this better for yourself and are doing so. Keep this up. There will be a time in the near future where you will look back and see all that you have accomplished and are a stronger person for it.

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DARJR50 11/25/2012 7:31AM

  Wow!!! You have certainly had more than you share of stress this year. The lose of a parent can be devastating, losing both in different ways can be overwhelming. You seem to be bearing up well. Your attitude is going to get you through all of this.
With wedding, the birth of a grandchild, new job and the illness of another relative you have your plate full. I admire you for sticking to the program and finding the reasons to be thankful. They are always there if we look for them. I hope the new year brings better things for you.

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JUDYAMK 11/25/2012 5:50AM

    Wow you have had a lot going on in your life this year & you are still finding things to be thankful for. I know that things that happened in my life made me the person I am today.We can never give up no matter what other people may think of us, dwelling on something we know we have no control over , can soon zap our strength from us.Your step mother planted ideas in her own head & fixated on them, that is to bad because she lost someone that you obliviously cared about. Have a great week

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One diet - Many health benefits

Monday, October 29, 2012

Following is an excerpt from an emailed comment posted by George Mateljan of World's Healthiest Foods (see link below). He makes an interesting point. We don't need a cancer-prevention diet and a heart disease prevention diet and a MS prevention diet...or you name the disease prevention diet. One diet leads to health in all areas.

October 29, 2012

Healthy Eating Helps Prevent Degenerative Diseases and Obesity

With the elections just around the corner, healthcare continues to be on the list of hot topics of debate. Healthcare costs have risen from $3,468 per person in 1993 to $8,160 in 2008, and are estimated to rise another 50% by 2013! I believe most people would agree that prevention is the real key to reducing healthcare costs. And peer-reviewed medical research has demonstrated that eating health-promoting foods is one of the best ways to prevent or help prevent our most common degenerative diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

In a society with epidemic proportions of obesity, fewer topics gain more attention than the importance of a healthy weight for overall health. The connections between obesity, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis are widely recognized, and now, a recent report on adult and childhood cancers reports that the most significant diet-related risk factor for cancer is also obesity! The researchers found that the most diet-related prevention factor is keeping body weight within a healthy range, which means having a body mass index of 18.5-24.9 kg/m2 (for more click BMI); the researchers found that "dietary changes are one of the most important, and at the same time cheapest prevention tools we have regarding the modification of cancer." They prescribe breast milk for children, foods rich in dietary fiber, omega-3-rich fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains combined with exercise and caloric restriction. Sound familiar?

What I find so remarkable about the chronic preventable disease patterns (including obesity) is the degree to which they overlap when it comes to dietary prevention. Based on current research, we do not seem to need one diet for preventing cancer, a second diet for preventing diabetes, a third diet for preventing osteoporosis, a fourth diet for preventing heart disease, and a fifth diet for prevention obesity. The beauty lies in that fact that what seems to be needed is that the changes in the foods we eat move in the same general direction: decreased intake of sugar, salt, animal fat, and processed foods, and increased intake of lower-calorie, lower-fat plant foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

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LYNNIERN 10/29/2012 9:28PM

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DIET_FRIEND 10/29/2012 11:12AM

    So true. The more diet advice I read, the more it all comes down to the same thing. I still can't decide if drinking coffee is good or bad--this is an area where experts disagree.

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Dancing on the scales this morning!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

I'm scared to record the weight loss, for fear it will somehow turn out to be "water" and jump right back on. I've been at such a slow rate of loss for several weeks, averaging a pound a week. But this morning I was down 2.5 pounds!!

What a surge of motivation that brings...won't be overeating today, for sure.

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TPETRIE 10/30/2012 1:21PM

  Awesome. Congrats on your weight loss. emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 10/30/2012 7:51AM

Maybe you were loosing at such a slow rate because you had been retaining water before and have now lost that so it is showing what you had been losing in the past.

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LYNNIERN 10/29/2012 9:30PM

    Awesome! Isn't it so much fun to have a number bigger than 1 for your weekly weight loss total?
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BRAVELUTE 10/29/2012 7:00PM

    I know the feeling, as if you can gain 2.5 pounds just by typing one sentence!! Contratulations! How will you reward yourself?? Do you have a Bonworth store nearby? I found a wonderful jacket yesterday, on sale for $6.99. I don't mind buying myself something when I'm losing weight if it's priced like that!! And it's constructed so that I'll be able to make minor alterations as I lose more. Even better reward.

Don't look back at the superstitions. You're on a roll.
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TERRIJ7 10/29/2012 12:52PM

    Woo Hoo! Well DONE!

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DIET_FRIEND 10/29/2012 11:19AM

    That's fantastic! I want to be ther ewith you!

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That moment arrives before midwife.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

That moment just after you've brewed up two pots of coffee (decaf and reg) and laid out half a dozen cups on a polite little cloth, on the neat kitchen table...all in preparation for the soon to arrive small army of midwives...and you hear your daughter-in-law scream "I have to push NOW!" from the other room and your son yells, "Mama, come here NOW!"

That moment when your son says, "I've got the head right here!" as you are still hoping that the midwife will hurry up and answer the damn phone.

A moment I will never forget. A moment I had imagined could possibly happen...with the midwife over 2.5 hours away...but a moment I absolutely did not think would really happen.
She yelled..I ran to her. She said she had to push. I said blow through it and stand up...change positions. She had been kneeling, leaning against her bed.

I told her "Don't be's probably a false alarm. Maybe you just need to change positions. After all..your water hasn't even broken yet."

I no sooner said the words than her water broke.

She started saying " yet...I cant..." but immediately, another contraction and she said "the baby is coming NOW!...

I grabbed the cell phone and told Jessie to try to lie down, but she insisted she couldn't.

I called the midwife...ring...ring...ring......Gawd! Pick up the damn phone!!...

Chris said, " I've got the head right here" as the midwife picks up the call and asks me to repeat myself, as I stumble over the words "The baby is coming right now!"

On speaker phone now, the midwife is telling Jessie to get on hands and knees on the bed to delay delivery the some 45 minutes until she will arrive, but Jessie has already delivered the head. As the baby is as if he did this every day...guides the baby out and holds it securely.

Chris said, "The cord has quit pulsing!"

No cries.

Seconds fly cries.

I turned to the birth supply cabinet that Jessie had so carefully organized, grabbing a suction bulb...

I popped that thing open as if I do it every day...and just before the midwife began instructing to turn the baby's head and try to suction out mucous...yea...just before she is saying that, I am already doing just that...suctioning my little newborn grandbaby's time...two...three times...

...finally...a tiny little raspy cry...then another...and another.

We helped Jessie into the bed...placenta still cradled to her chest. The midwife on speaker gives me the job of watching for hemorrhage and for placenta delivery.

While baby Chelsea is already nursing and the placenta is delivering, the midwife finally arrives.

Mama and baby are doing great. Dad is doing great. Grandma can't shake the feeling it was just a dream. But I am doing better than great, and so happy to have played a part in bringing the baby...and to have been blessed blessed blessed that nothing went wrong and they are both so healthy.

Later that day I poured two pots of coffee...decaf and reg...down the drain. None of us needed caffeine.

That evening many of our large family gathered in their home. We had a big Mexican dinner that Jessie and I had prepared the previous week and frozen so we wouldn't need to cook after the delivery. Jessie was feeling so recovered that she was able to recline on the couch and enjoy dinner with on a cushion beside her.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 10/26/2012 11:17PM

    Oh my gosh!!!! What an amazing delivery! Your story gave me goosebumps! Congrats!!

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    WOW! What an experience!

This is a moment you will never forget!

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DIET_FRIEND 10/18/2012 11:35AM

    What a wonderful story! You should submit it to Ladies' Home Journal magazine. I was reading one in the doctor's office yesterday, and it seemed to be written by regular people going through things. I have been present to watch a friend's baby being born and it is a miraculous thing. My two were caesarian born so it's a little different.

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/18/2012 4:15AM

    WHAT a way to welcome in our new life :-)

Well done to all
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TERRIJ7 10/18/2012 2:07AM

    Now there's an experience you won't be forgetting! I know you wrote this blog, but it would be a great idea for you to write about the whole experience, your feelings--just everything--and be able to go back and read it to your granddaughter in a few years. What a wonderful blessing!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 10/18/2012 1:04AM

    Geesh ameesh! What an experience for all involved! I am so glad that everything came out great and that you have a healthy and wonderful new grandchild!

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AMYROSEC 10/17/2012 10:19PM

    Congratulations! Scary yet wonderful moment you had, so glad you and your son were there, you were both terrific! So happy for you!

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DIANNEMT 10/17/2012 8:17PM

    How WONDERFUL!! Congratulations!!! You did it--you helped, you got your grandbaby breathing--YOU DID IT! What a gift--to watch your son deliver your grandbaby.

I had all 3 in the hospital but I WISH I could have been at home. Almost had 2 of them at home--just cause they came SO FAST! But--this was a gift and a miracle that you got to enjoy!!! emoticon

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MELBBART 10/17/2012 7:12PM

    Way to go Grandma!! Congratulations!! I had both of my babies at home too. I'm sure that was an intense situation to not have the midwives there yet, but it sounds like you all handled it beautifully. Now THAT is a day you'll never forget. How wonderful!!!

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 10/17/2012 12:58PM

    HOLY COW!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! You GO GRANDMA!!! I know how excited I was to be with my daughter during the birth og both of my grandchildren, cutting the cord, helping her breath, push, holding her legs etc etc...All the things you do to help. But to actually be there with your son and daughter in law at home and actually deliver the baby!! WOW Such a special thing, and you are sooo blessed!!


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ALICIA214 10/17/2012 12:52PM


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