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Grab Life!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

My friend is dying of cancer. She is fighting the good fight but this rare form can't be beaten. I, on the other hand, at this point in time, have diseases that I can easily beat. Diabetes and high blood pressure.
All I have to do is keep eating right and exercising as I lose weight. No chemo, no pain, no sadness.
Last night my friend came to our book club for what may be the last time. You may remember my blog where at the last book club I despaired at still looking fat. This time everyone noticed my weight loss and marveled and several others of us had lost weight in a good way. But a cloud hung over us for our friend we love.
We must celebrate each day!
It is a beautiful day here at my house. The dog and I are out for our walk in the woods and on the trails.
Thank God for Blessing me with returned good health and may he Bless us all on our journey.

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JANEMITCHELL12 12/30/2012 11:37AM

    Wow, that is a moving blog if I do say so myself. Good news, my friend has been given an improved diagnosis. The doctor said "See you in June". emoticon There have been a lot of people praying for her. She looked so much better at our Christmas party. One day at a time!!!

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CINEMAVEN 9/6/2012 7:29PM

  Just dropping a hug for you... We'll get in lots of shopping therapy this weekend :)

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ELAYNE39 9/6/2012 12:18PM

    Sorry your friend has cancer. What a nasty disease. It does help one put things in perspective. I hope your friend can find some peace with her situation. I will pray for her family and friends. Celebrate with her while you can.

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Meeting Food Horror

Thursday, August 16, 2012

This morning I went to swimming lessons and learned again how to do the crawl. Then aquacize and walking the dog. My snack a banana and peanut butter, breakfast great.
I walk into my lunch meeting and what are they serving?

Ceasar salad. Lasagna, veggie and meat, and bread covered with cheese and I do mean covered.
Not to mention squares for dessert, no fruit.
Basically I could have the diet coke.

Some of the people who attend this regular meeting are diabetics like me or they have had heart problems or they are just in the getting old danger zone. Why? why? why?

I have talked to the executive assistant before but I can see she just doesn't get it. And for many of the people, like it once was for me, this was popular.

So I had a small serving of veggie lasagna. Then was so hungry by supper that I had a *eek* mall meal --- blackened chicken, two veg and rice. I am still in my calorie range.

Yesterday, similiar deal, in that the meeting meal at a totally different place and meeting had a lot of nice cooked veggie salads. This morning my sugar was high. Realized it was the salads!
Yes they must have been full of sugar.

So I plod along, working it out. I'm going to a conference for a few days. Used to be I was all, "Free food and drinks!!" Now I just look to see if the seminar or hospitality suite will have people I need to network with, good change. I'm going to take some healthy snacks with me.

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CINEMAVEN 8/17/2012 12:28AM

  All the cool kids are packing lunch in Bento boxes :)
We should go and check out the shop in Kitchener that sells them (fenigo.com). There's a great website that shows packing and what to put in your box. (justbento.com)

It's so not fair that they keep sneaking potato salad into your meals :)

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NANCYPAT1 8/16/2012 6:55PM

    It is sad that so many times meals provided at meetings, conferences, and other work-related events are so woefully unhealthy. At our school, we are not allowed to give a child a piece of candy BUT at lunch they serve a hamburger on a bun, macaroni and cheese, corn, fruit of some sort, a slice of bread, and milk. What kind of a meal is THAT and what makes that so much better for our students than a 15 calorie peppermint?

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JANEMITCHELL12 8/16/2012 6:53PM

    Brown bagging it. That is a great idea.

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JANEMITCHELL12 8/16/2012 6:53PM

    Brown bagging it. That is a great idea.

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ALIHIKES 8/16/2012 6:49PM

    It is very difficult when meals are provided in meetings. And our staff meetings are ENDLESS and work through lunch. I try to plan ahead as much as possible and bring a brown bag (which is totally acceptable in my work place) -- but it certainly limits food options!

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Learning to Eat at Meetings and Out

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Half a large sandwich or wrap. No potato salad or living dangerously, one scoop. Potato salad is a binge food for me, so to have just a half scoop is amazing. Especially at a high stress event.
Salad instead of fries or fancy cheeses. Dessert I don't eat, so no accomplishment there.
But this is a BIG breakthrough.
Now to work on not eating after 8 o'clock.

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CINEMAVEN 8/15/2012 9:57PM

  Great work...and it shows!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 8/15/2012 8:30AM

    Good job! Learning new habits pays off with results.

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STARMIZER2000 8/15/2012 7:32AM

  Good reading

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Not going back to fad diets!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Took my older daughter's wedding gown to the consignment shop yesterday. A sad story I won't relate here other than to say that after a year of tears, she is now happily having adventures with E-Harmony.
The ladies at the shop were all about a new diet regimen where you drink two protein shakes a day and that's it.
I thought "But I'm making permanent changes to my diet and exercise."
I told them about Sparkpeople.com but they weren't interested when I told them about writing down everything you eat.
Yes, as my doctor said to me last week, "It's not easy." But it's not so hard either! Really quite simple. Write down everything your eat and your exercise and what water you drink.
I also check off certain goals each day.
My most difficult goal is keeping in my calorie range each day. But writing everything down means I can see where I ate too much or ate something, like pesto or hummus, that was a secret calorie sucker. I learn if I'm eating enough veggies and fruit. Am I in my diabetic carb range today?
Won't learn anything like that from two protein shakes a day.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/5/2012 5:15PM

    Good for you! It's all about lifestyle changes and the more you spread the word about Spark the healthier more people will be. Good for you!

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AUNTB63 8/5/2012 4:35PM

    Kudos go out to you for spreading the Spark (even though it was on dear ears). What SP has to offer and what we can do for ourselves here is far better than just to shakes a day. We can do two shakes a day however, exercising is shaking up our bodies.
Have a great new week and keep tracking and learning.....this is key to success.

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CVDUFFIELD 8/5/2012 4:00PM

  Sounds good

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Woo Hoo Olympic gains for me!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I just hit 10,000 Sparkpoints! Earlier in the week, I went for my diabetes check up with my doctor.
I had, of course, lost weight since my last visit. He was thrilled at my AIC. (Sugar for the last three months). It was 6 (Canadian numbers). Normal!! My good cholesterol was high and my bad very low.
I have lost 2 inches everywhere, hips, waist, thigh, etc. and am down two dress sizes, sometimes three depending on the make. My bathing suit has gone from size 24 to size 18.
I'm doing at least an hour a day of cardio exercise. I have crossed 13,000 exercise minutes!
Still working at keeping the calories down. Much improvement but overeating can't be cured in a day.
A gold SP trophy for me!

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MIWOLFF 8/5/2012 9:50AM

    Wow!!! Way to go emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2012 8:32PM

    Good job!!!

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JOYANN84 8/1/2012 2:22PM

    Congrats on your success!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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