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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The sun made me sick again today.
I went out for my walk/run about 6:50 this morning. The rest of the day has been spent in bed with chills, body aches, burning eyes, and extreme fatigue.

I think it is time to take the walk to the gym and stay out of the sun.

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ARTISTGATOGIRL 6/21/2013 10:14AM

I agree with EmmaCory that you should at least inquire what your doctor has to say about lupus. You are walking early enough, so the sun making you sick doesn't make sense. Best of luck solving the mystery! emoticon

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EMMACORY 6/20/2013 11:35AM

    I would add to the suggestions that the next time you go to the doctor you ask if you need to be checked for lupus. I have that and I avoid the sun as it is a trigger for me.

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NHES220 6/20/2013 10:36AM

    It is strange that the sun would make you sick that early in the morning. Are you hydrating enough? Even if you work out at the gym, if you are not hydrating enough, you will feel bad. Also, make sure you are eating something before you work out, even a banana or something.

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LDHAWKE 6/19/2013 6:32PM

    I don't understand how the sun made you sick at 6:50 in the morning. I live in South Florida and that time in the morning is the BEST time to walk/run, when the sun has not yet risen too high and it is still in the lower 70's, upper 80's.

Where do you live that it is so bad so early in the morning?

And if it is, then why not just go to the gym and avoid the sun? Or work out at home?

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I'm home and beginning again

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hey, hey, hey!!!
I'm back and when I got on the scale this morning, I weighed 202.8. I guess the strange deal with the scale was that it said I had lost weight a couple of weeks ago when I actually hadn't. I don't know...but, I'm back from the birth of my grandson and picking up where I left off after two weeks of almost no internet connection, no tracking of food, and no exercise that I could actually track or claim.

I ate at restaurants a lot while I was gone so I'm surprised that I haven't gained a ton of weight. I guess I'm beginning to get the hang of what 1200-1500 calories looks like in all kinds of foods. emoticon

My clothes still fit me the same so I guess the scale showing 196 and 199 for a couple of days was the fluke and I am actually on a plateau with my weight stuck at about 201-203 lbs.

I guess that means I've got to work harder or mix up my workouts or something. It is time to go to the fitness articles and see what I can find out about plateaus.

Oh, yeah...about my grandson...
He was induced early because of complications and yet he weighed in at 8 lbs. 5 oz and was 20.25" long! He would have been around 10 lbs, I think, if he had remained the entire 40 weeks. He's gorgeous and has the sweetest, softest cry. His five-year-old brother was so excited to see him, but a bit disappointed when he found out that he couldn't push him in the swing at the park yet, or that he couldn't teach him to eat with a spoon and fork until he's older.

Today, I went out for my walk/run toward the "monk", but I left the house later than I intended so I took a shadier route. When I got back and measured it, I found out that I hadn't walked as far I thought I might have. I was aiming for about 2 miles but I only went 1.8. Oh, well, at least I got right back to it. I'm going to go out in a little while to mark off one mile from the house so I'll know exactly how far it is, and then tomorrow, I can do the two miles. Oh, and I'm also going to mark off a quarter mile and a half mile.


How's everybody doing out there? I've really missed you.

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LINDACONNER 6/20/2013 6:30AM

    Congrats on your grandson!

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HAPPYDOES 6/19/2013 6:24PM

    Thanks for the emoticon and emoticon back.

I really was surprised that I didn't gain weight since I ate out most of the time I was gone. Oh, and then there is Mama's cooking. She made the best cake for Father's Day! emoticon I'll share the recipe in a blog.

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EMMACORY 6/19/2013 5:00PM

    Hi Josie, anytime you can be out of your regular routine and not gain weight is a major victory in my book. Glad you are back on track! emoticon

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NHES220 6/19/2013 10:47AM

    Welcome back and congratulations on your new grandson! Good for you for getting right back to your walking. I'm not sure if you have a smartphone, but if you do there are apps like Run Keeper and Map my Run (which also work for walks) which use GPS to track how far you have gone and will tell you your pace. They are actually free applications to download. emoticon

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KAB7801 6/19/2013 10:46AM

Congratulating the birth! You're so lucky!
Congratulating getting back on the road!

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NIXIEWILLOW 6/19/2013 10:38AM

    Congratulations on your new grandson! emoticon

Well done for keeping on track with your eating while you were away and for jumping right back into your exercise! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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something weird's going on

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I've had the weirdest week with my weight.

OK...you remember the experiment I was doing?
Well, it hasn't gone so well.

Just as a reminder, here is the Hypothesis:

"Hypothesis: If I eat 1200- 1250 calories, drink, 8 glasses of water, and walk for 2 miles, every day, I will lose 1.4 pounds "

On Sunday, I weighed 199 pounds.
On Monday I went out for my walk/run and wasn't exactly sure of the length so when I came back and measured it, i found that it was 2.5 miles. So, I tweaked the experiment to look like this:

"Hypothesis: If I eat 1200- 1250 calories, drink, 8 glasses of water, and walk for 2.5 miles, 6 days (resting on Sunday), I will lose 1.4 pounds "

So I stuck to this new plan. On Wednesday, I got on the scale at the usual time and found out that I had lost about 3 pounds (196.4, I think), which I thought was weird because I had never lost that much weight before in a week, except the first one, I think. Then, on Thursday, I got up and weighed myself and I had gained a whopping approximately 7pounds (203.1)! emoticon emoticon I felt bloated and swollen all over, and my appetite wasn't much of anything that day or yesterday, until last night before I went to bed, it came back...sort of. Today, I'm not really hungry either so I know that my calories are down as well. I just feel yucky all over but not really sick in a way that I can put my finger on.

But anyway, on Friday, I got up, weighed myself, and was still 203. So today when I woke up and weighed in, I weighed about 201.

Thursday I got stormed out of my walk/run. Friday, I did my planned miles. Today there were more thunderstorms, so I didn't get to log any mileage, and I weighed in at 203.

My calories were as follows:

Monday: 1215
Tuesday: 1226
Wednesday: 1205
Thursday: 857
Friday: 1147
I haven't finished today yet, obviously.

I believe this is just water weight, and I eat a low sodium diet, tracking my sodium to keep it 2300mg and below each day, if possible. But if this keeps up, how will ever know what I actually weigh? And how will this work for the Summer Challenge I'm in?

I'm thinking of cutting my sodium even more. Maybe that will help. Maybe my body is just really sensitive to it.

I've already checked with the doctor so I know there are no health problems causing this. It's just a strange thing.



I wonder if my digital scale is acting up? Has anyone else out there experienced anything like this?

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KAB7801 6/6/2013 7:55PM

    I haven't but keep it up

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SUNPANTHER 6/6/2013 3:53AM

    I was thinking of you today and wondering if you worked it out?

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MAWMAW101 6/5/2013 8:57PM

    Love your experiments! I still say there is a book in you yet!
My digital scales will weigh different in the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen if I move them. Once though I needed a new battery in mine.
Happy Sparking!
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SWEETNEEY 6/4/2013 8:40PM

    emoticon focus on NSV - how are the clothes fitting.

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SUNPANTHER 6/4/2013 6:59AM

    I have had a friend whose digital scales played up. She got her daughter to stand on them, which 'got it out of its habit' then when she tried again her weight was better. Her cheaper, previous ones were worse and kept her gaining weight.

I am one of those who weigh everyday, though I can understand the trap. I prefer to watch with 'detached interest' what is happening in my body. It helps with understanding what sort of foods I'm eating, what time of month it is, fluid fluctuations etc.

That being said, Spark talks about the calories in, calories out thing shouldn't be calculated in terms of weight loss in a 24 hour period...it happens over a period of time. So unless you are on a very limited diet in terms of WHAT you eat, you should look at weight loss over a week (whether you weigh every day or not) rather than over a day. If you get to know Sparkpeople's Calorie Differential Over Time report, I think that will help you understand it better.

And don't forget muscle gain changes everything again, as it weighs more than fat.

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EMMACORY 6/2/2013 8:32AM

    One reason that SP encourages you not to weigh everyday is because our weight does go up and down. I agree that salt could be a factor. I do not add salt to my cooking or food. I only add it to mashed potatoes and sometimes my homemade soup. If you continue your experiment why not add a NSV to the mix? For example...can you walk your route faster now than when you began? I keep my scale in the bathroom on the floor and not a rug. Could you have DH weigh himself several days in a row? If his weight is more steady then you will know that your scale is OK. emoticon

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DEBORAH2180 6/1/2013 10:41PM

    Yup! I used to take my scale from my bedroom into the bathroom to weigh and got crazy results. Now I keep it permanently in the kitchen by the back window (blushing) and weigh myself in the mornings. I am tracking my salt intake as well as constipation. TOM also makes me weigh more.

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Express Yourself!

Friday, May 31, 2013

With reference to my previous blog, I love to look at people.
When I look at people, I take in all of them...their faces, skin color, eyes, texture and color or their hair, the composition of their face with all the shadows and lines, their clothing, including the textures, colors, and fabrics of the clothing they choose to wear, and especially take notice of the way they accentuate their features and personality with hair dyes, hats, jewelry, piercings, and all other manner of accessories.

As I look at all these ways that people express themselves in their dress and the way they carry themselves, I am fascinated by the way we are all so different and yet so beautiful.

And it doesn't seem to matter whether one is young or old, the desire to express oneself in one's clothing cannot seem to be escaped.

and it causes me to take pause. . .

How have I been expressing MYSELF in the last day? week? month? year? decade? or more?

The truth is, I got lost along the way. I forgot, or maybe I just didn't realize that this is one of the most profound ways that a person can say to the world, "This is what I'm all about!"

I've been skimming through Poupetta's photographs again on fliker. They do my heart a lot of good and they also are helping me to find my way out of depression and a loss of knowing how to express the REAL me who isn't depressed.

I have the heart of an artist...a musician, painter, writer, thespian, composer, designer, and collector of beautiful, yet imperfect things. I love to dig around flea markets and find things that have beautiful lines and curves, textures, colors, etc., but that have been marred in some way...perhaps broken and glued back together. When I buy these scarred things and take them home to enjoy, they speak to me, on a deeper level, of redemption.

So, as I look around at all the beautifully expressive people, choosing to say, "This is what I'm all about!" all around me, I am beginning to think long and hard about a signature style that will be all my own when I have reached my weight-loss goal. It will be a style that is fitting to an artist, so it will be colorful, full of various textures and prints, bold jewelry, and will include head wear and glasses of various colors, shapes, and sizes. I will go to my closet and pull out items to mix and match so that I can express myself, and give glory to God for creating me with this unique personality. It will be my gift to a world that is full of stress, struggles, and sadness.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/1/2013 11:38AM

    I can relate. Been taking the grey road - which is a beautiful color, but not in absence of others.

Great blog!

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NIXIEWILLOW 6/1/2013 5:05AM

    What a wonderful gift to the world - you - beautifully, perfectly, uniquely yourself. Don't wait until you have reached your goal though, you are already full of beauty, perfection, wisdom and grace that the world can enjoy today! emoticon

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EMMACORY 5/31/2013 10:56PM

    Very cool! I can't wait to see what your style is. I know the colors that I am drawn to are always a mixture of red, orange and yellow. When I look at flowers, pictures, material those are the ones that always make me smile. I like to look at pottery. I have a few pieces but I can be content to go to a art show and just look. Celebrate the unique you! emoticon

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BAMAJAM 5/31/2013 2:47PM

  You write wonderful blogs! The reader can truly feel your zest for embracing life!
Wishing you much JOY--- and best wishes for your newest family addition on the way! HUGS!!

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100 strangers and the beauty of growing old

Friday, May 31, 2013

A few years ago, when I struggling with the first signs of aging in my face, I was really distressed about it....especially in this culture where it seems that beauty is a god, wrinkles and fat are forbidden, and perfection is a must...even at the cost of going under the knife.

One night, as I was online, I stumbled across a photography project on www.flicker.com called, "The 100 Strangers Project". www.flikr.com/groups/100strangers/

So, I took my unhappy self straight away to the project which is designed, as I recall, to help photographers, whether novice or professional, expand their people skills. The idea is to approach a complete stranger with your camera, explain to the person what you are doing, get to know them a little bit, take their photo, get their permission to post it on flicker, and then post it. One of my favorite photographers was Poupetta.

I spent the entire night awake, looking through pages upon pages of the photographs of strangers' faces from around the world...all shapes, ages, sizes, with various colors of skin, eyes, and hair. During the night, as I looked at the photographs and read the stories about the people, I was captivated by them. Some of them especially drew me to them like magnets and it was so difficult to look away and go on to the next photograph because these particular people were so deeply attractive to me. They were not the conventional beauties.

By the time the sun came up I found that of all the people I had viewed, young and old, the ones that had the strongest effect of my soul were the ones who had deep lines and wrinkles in their faces. Some of them had missing teeth or no teeth at all, and their hair might be matted because of neglect or homelessness. Some had scars from who knows what kind of attack, torture, or mishap? Their faces were simply amazing! These wrinkles, lines, and scars were not something to be afraid of...no! They were the evidence of deep love (given, received, lost, rewarded), hard work, striving, caring, losses, happiness, pain, passion, courage...


and I was no longer afraid to grow old.

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NIXIEWILLOW 6/1/2013 4:59AM

    Thank you for this beautiful blog! We should all be proud of all the years we have lived and experienced on this beautiful earth.

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EMMACORY 5/31/2013 10:51PM

    Proverbs 16:31 "Grey hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by virtuous living."

When I think of all the young people who have died in war, accidents, from hunger, violence....it is a blessing to enter the wisdom years. We have one life to live and God does not care what we look like but rather who we are and how we live our lives to support the common good of all. I'll take all my grey hairs with a smile! emoticon

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DEBORAH2180 5/31/2013 1:05PM

    Excellent blog! I love looking at people too!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 5/31/2013 10:28AM

    Wow, hubby and I have just spent the last 20 min talking over breakfast about this same thing - how we are aging, how Hollywood and other media portray age and how unreal that portrayal generally is (ie all grandparents in movieland have grey/white hair). How interesting to find your thoughts on this! I'll take a good look at that photography collection. Thank you for sharing.

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