Monday, March 04, 2013
It's been a month since I had my stroke and mini-stroke and I've come a long way. I'm out of the wheelchair, eliminated the walker, and now use a cane to walk longer distances. My hard work, determination and, most importantly, my faith have payed off and now I'm going to use those same tools to work on my weight loss. I'm starting over but, I'm NOT giving up!!!
Friday, February 01, 2013
I had a stroke on Sun., Jan 27th and had to be life-flighted. 3 days later I was transfered to a rehab to try to strenghten my right side. My first night there, I had another stroke. I am currently in a wheelchair and the goal is to get my legs strong enough that I can at least walk long distances, with the use of a walker. So, it's going to be hard to track much, but I'll do my best. I'm not going to let this keep me down, it's just one more giant to face, and one more battle to win!!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Last week I went to see my nutritionist, Dr. Wray, for the 1st time since starting sparkpeople. When I showed her my nutrition guidelines they set for me, she said they were too restrictive. That's why I was feeling hungry all the time, and why I found myself "grazing" in the evenings. She increased my nutrition guidlines and told me that, any time I felt hungry, fruits/non-starchy veggies/lean proteins were basically "freebies" and to eat those. Since then, I've had no trouble sticking to my menu plan. I don't "graze", and I don't crave sweet or salty unhealthy snacks because I'm getting healthy versions that keep me satisfied. With my new plan, I see myself losing the weight-and maintaining that weight loss!!
I've also started physical therapy and it's been wonderful!! The pain of the arthritis is easing up a little, and I'm able to move more. The fact that I can count the calories burned and the minutes I spend exercising there is a bonus!!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
This morning I was reading about visual motivators, and how effective they can be. I wasn't sure how I was going to use this info but, knew I would come up with something. I went to check the mail, and I had a package. It was a friend that I haven't seen in many years, and just recently regained contact with via facebook. She bought me a pedometer to encourage me to walk, and enclosed was a handwritten note that was so full of encouragement that my eyes welled up with tears. Talk about a motivator!!! I can't wait to walk this afternoon, and I'm going to hang her note where I can see it all the time!!! I've also decided to use some of the tips the article suggested....I put a picture of my niece (9) and my nephew(4) in front of the TV. This will be a reminder to me when I'm watching tv at night, that I don't NEED that snack that isn't part of my planned menu, and that they are more important than any food craving I may have. They love when Aunt Teresa comes to visit, and we can run & play outside. However, this past summer I lived w/with them and took care of them while my sister was working, and was unable to do the things we used to do. The disappointment on their faces was heartbreaking, and I intend to make up for it this summer!! I also have a cousin who died from kidney failure because he didn't take care of his diabetes. I intend to put his picture on my mirror as a constant reminder of what could happen. I'm also going to create a collage of pics, inspirational quotes, and words of encouragement from the people who love me. In the past I never did any of this so, I'm anxious to see what kind of a difference it will make!!
Monday, January 14, 2013
Well, I knew that I would have days that I would "cheat", I just didn't think it would be so soon!! I got a text yesterday that upset me-and I am an emotional eater. So, I ate some things that weren't on my menu plan-like 8 Hershey Kiss w/almonds. In my defense, at least it had almonds!! . I also grabbed the fresh cauliflower and light veggie dip. I then beat myself up for doing it and just knew that when I checked this morning,my blood sugar would be really high and my 1 lb weight loss would be gone. But, my blood sugar was fine, and my weight was down 2 more lbs!! Lessons learned:
1. If I stumble, pick myself up and keep on going.
2. Don't look back at the failures, look forward to the goal.
3. If I'm following a healthy lifestyle, stumbling on occasion won't hurt so bad.
4. I need to figure out a healthier way to deal with emotions-other than food!!
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