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Saturday evenings are my biggest challenge

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday evenings are my biggest challenge to my new healthy lifestyle.

The old, fat, lazy me liked to eat tons of popcorn with butter and cheese and drink an orange juice/sprite drink and either watch a dvd with my family or read a book. Our whole family just eats leftovers or snacks all evening long.

Many times on Saturdays, my husband and son are fishing until dark and my daughter sometimes works. Even if she isn't, she has been taught BY ME for 20 years, what Saturday night is .....a food fest.

When I don't have anyone to cook supper for, I find myself falling back into my old habits. I am so weak when I am by myself on Saturday evenings.

It irritates me to no end! I work so hard all week and do well and then....Saturday evening comes. emoticon

So, I am going to plan for next Saturday night....the guys are going fishing again. Before cleaning up lunch, I will make myself a healthy salad with a healthy protein and have it all ready and waiting.

Oh, how I need the strength of the Lord for this! Pray for me!

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_JULEE_ 9/25/2011 8:40PM

    Hi there! Sometimes, when one is first getting in the groove of a healthy lifestyle (especially with a family), it is a good thing to have a 'day off'. Maybe restructure your Saturday evenings just a little bit - leave yourself ample snack 'room', but change what you're allowing yourself to snack on. Popcorn with just butter OR cheese - OR measure the portions out so you know exactly how many calories you're getting with your popcorn buttered w/cheese. All things in moderation. emoticon

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Stopping but not defeated

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I had signed up for the Trick or Treat Trot 5 k walk. I was enjoying getting outside in this fall-like weather and walking. Sometimes my 20yo daughter joined me. Sometimes my 14yo son. Sometimes just Jack, our golden/black lab mix dog.

However, when I reached the 2 mile training mark, my body gave out. The fibromyalgia and hypo-thyroidism reared their ugly heads and are now threatening to keep me from doing what I need to go each day...my calling...homeschooling my son.

I had hoped the training program would be gradual enough that I could do both. However, my body does have special needs. Those needs must be obeyed or they take over.

I will not allow them to take over any more!! So I'm dropping out of the Trick or Treat Trot 5K......for now. But...I will be back!

I just need to give my body more time. After all, I've only been exercising again since May after years of not doing much and after being deathly ill this past winter.

So, for now, I will go back to my gentle walking, gentle yoga, and gardening.

I am NOT defeated.

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SERENEMOM71 10/5/2011 3:57PM

  You did emoticonfor the little training that you had! Be proud!!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 9/23/2011 6:06PM

    You are doing awesomely. Why don't you give yourself a longer term goal? Search for an area 5k in the spring/summer to sign up for or make a vacation/5k plan to go somewhere like the disney 5k http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/event
s/rundisney/wdw-marathon/ which has events for the whole family to join in :) Good luck... and keep going. You are doing wonderfully

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_JULEE_ 9/22/2011 12:31PM

    No, you're not defeated! emoticon

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My impressions of my new 'sweat wick-away' shirt :D

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My observations and impressions of my new "sweat wick-away" shirt:

#1 It is SKIN tight! emoticon So, if you aren't ready to show your neighbors all your rolls and bulges yet, throw a t-shirt or jacket on over it!

#2 It was a bit itchy at first to my sensitive skin. It isn't 100% cotton. Usually when I wear a man-made fiber as I heat up, the irritations get worse, but with this shirt, they did not. emoticon

#3 Even with our 100% humidity because of fog this morning, I did NOT have sweat rolling down my back emoticon which also irritates my skin.

#4 "Wick-away" does NOT mean you'll be dry underneath. The shirt just seems to "sponge" up some of the excess dampness. So I suppose some savvy marketing person thought 'wick-away' would sell easier than 'sponge up some of the excess'. emoticon

#5 It is hard to take off a skin-tight damp shirt. emoticon So, if you are like me and like to yank off your hot sweaty clothes after working out in an attempt to cool off faster.....well, just be careful you don't rip the new shirt to shreds trying to get it over your bulges and rolls quickly.

I look forward to trying this shirt again. On a day when it is NOT 100% humidity and see how it performs differently. emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 9/20/2011 11:15AM

    LOL! Your post made me giggle!

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What brought me to begin my weight loss journey

Monday, September 19, 2011

I updated my weight loss ticker to reflect my true weight loss journey, which began last Nov. I was a poll worker and began having a dry and very sore throat. It was later discovered I had gotten a drug-resistant bacteria in my throat when my throat swelled nearly shut and I had to be taken to the ER. It took 4 different kinds of antibiotics and steroid mixes to find the right combo to kill the bacteria. I lost 15 lbs while my throat was swollen and I had to relearn how to swallow food. I was in bed for 7 weeks and also developed pneumonia during that time. I was then left very weak for months afterwards. It was May before I finally felt well.
I felt so much better with just that 15 lbs off, however, I began to regain some of it as my old eating habits resumed. I saw I could lose weight and I desperately needed to rebuild some strength in my muscles, so I followed a friend's advice and did an internet search for SparkPeople.

and here I am....43lbs less and 1/2 way to my goal!

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ASOBFALLS 9/20/2011 1:28AM

    emoticon for Sharing! Great story, glad you shared!

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FITNFUNJEN 9/19/2011 10:24AM

    I'm so glad they found the right combo to get you better. What a hard time that must have been! It's interesting how sometimes hard things help us make changes in our lives. Way to go on the 43 lbs! That is so inspiring! emoticon

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DRAWNTHISWAY 9/19/2011 9:09AM

    You are doing wonderfully. I am sorry that you got ill to start your journey. But you are doing so well. Congratulations on all the weight you have lost (and will lose!)

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I bought my first new fitness thingy today.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Today I bought myself one of those fancy-schmancy 'wick-away sweat' shirts. They were on sale at Walmart. $3. Looks like they are trying to clear away the short-sleeved style to make room for long-sleeved ones.

I'm curious to see how it works and if I can stand to have my sweat "wicked-away"--whatever that means. emoticon Sounds gross, but hey, we'll see. I can usually only wear 100% cotton, but hey, again, we'll see... for just $3.

I'll try it out tomorrow during my 1.75 mile 5K training walk.

Brainfog moment--I went for my walk, but forgot to wear the shirt! LOL I'll try to remember to wear it when I got for my 2 mile walk on Tuesday! emoticon

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ASOBFALLS 9/20/2011 1:30AM

    Had to read it for the clarification!! wondered what a "fitness thingy" was!

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FITNFUNJEN 9/16/2011 10:10PM

    I'd be interested to know if you like it. I just wear cotton t-shirts, but I've thought about those fancy ones!

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