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Update #8

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

First of all, I am so grateful for all the kind words on my last blog about my dad's illness. It is such a comfort to know that people take the time to respond like that. Spark People are the best!!!! I have no news on that front, but my mom is keeping me posted.

My weight-loss buddy is on vacation this week, so I haven't heard from her about her progress. Despite the events of last week, which included raspberry pie and a butterfinger ice cream flurry among other things, I managed to lost 1.8 pounds since my last weigh-in, which was 2 weeks ago. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I got my hair cut yesterday and also shaved my legs, so that might have helped a little ;-) So, I'm up to 19.4 pounds total. This is great, although, in the vein of never being satisfied, it would have been nice to hit the 20 pound marker this week. So, that is my goal for next week.

One thing that I have been trying very hard to do is get at least 8,000 steps in every day. I have gotten a little sick of the walking dvds, but I can do the moves on my own, so I don't really need Leslie Sansone that much, although I do use them sometimes. I got pretty sick of all the chatter on the dvds, and there is one girl on one of the tapes, which happens to be my favorite, who is so annoying. I wish she wasn't on camera so much. I'm sure I look incredibly goofy doing some of this stuff, but who cares? It makes me feel good.

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ILIKECACTI 7/3/2012 9:57PM

    I take whatver help I can get- shaved legs and haircut included.... and anything else I can get :)

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SHERYLDS 7/3/2012 8:48PM

    hair cut and shaved legs ....
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hope you get good news soon

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Rough Week (Family Emergency)

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I have to consider this a "lost" week as far as Spark People is concerned, but it also served as a scary forecast into my future if I don't get myself together pronto!!

I had to leave work early last Monday and drive like a maniac to Albany because my dad was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He has a serious health issue that is still not resolved. He was in the hospital all week and they let him leave on Friday, but he needs to have an outpatient procedure which will hopefully tell them what is wrong. (It could be bladder cancer, but we are praying it isn't.)

My parents live in the middle of the country -- no public transportation AT ALL. So, they have to drive everywhere. My mother has a license and she is a good driver, but my dad bought a new SUV last year and she never had a chance to drive it because he wouldn't let her. She also does not know how to pump gas. Anyway, I drove my mom around, but I finally got her to give driving the SUV a shot and she did great! All she needed was a cheerleader (and for my dad not to be backseat driving)! But I digress...

The thing that was a wake-up call for me, though, was my mom's health problems. She can hardly walk because she has foot problems and knee problems and back problems, etc. She has been overweight for as long as I can remember. She and my dad actually eat pretty well. They don't have big portions, but they eat often. My dad is very physically active, but my mom has never done any exercise at all. Nada. I do not think I have ever seen her do anything physical. She had a lot of health problems beginning when my sister and I were little, so she never really played with us. She would read and sew with us, but she never did anything physical with us. I really think that no matter what her health problems were/are, it is unfortunate that she could not find something that she could do to get in shape. Whatever, she is really paying the price right now and I feel so bad for her. Since I take after her in so many ways, I can easily see myself having those same problems. Already my knees hurt, but I am hoping I am not too late to do something about it. I have made some progress, although I have a long way to go.

I have no idea how I did weight-wise this week because of all the stress and lack of access to my usual foods, but it does not matter. I have to flex my willpower muscle and take control of whatever situation I find myself in.

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NEWFLABULESS 7/17/2012 10:37AM

    I hope that your dad is doing better and your mother as well. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blot.

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BECKYANNE1 7/2/2012 7:41AM

    I hope your dad gets better soon and it isn't anything serious. We can learn alot from our parents and it's never too late to make changes. You've got the right idea.

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/1/2012 10:16PM

    I do hope that your Dad is ok and that you're able to find medium ground for you especially having to adapt! I hope that your Mom will be able to do something even if it's being able to get up and walk around the block or just down the street. Maybe if she see's how well you're doing that she'll want to do it with you!

Baby steps get you on the road to the right direction of your journey!

Good Luck with continued success!



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ILIKECACTI 7/1/2012 9:51PM

    Sorry to hear about your family!
Wake up calls are not pleasant, but beneficial. I have to keep reminding myself of my grandmother- who died from diabetes complications. Not pleasant at all. But I'm headed down that path if I do not make a sustainable change.

I hope eveything turns out ok! *hugs*

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SHERYLDS 7/1/2012 8:04PM

    sometimes the best way to cope in situations where everything seems out of your control is to AT LEAST be in control of your health...especially when people need you. Like they say on the plane...put the oxygen mask over yourself first ... then help your family and friends.
Hope all turns out well.

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ELPHYY 7/1/2012 6:05PM

Sorry to hear about your family problems. =-(
I hope everything works out with your dad.

It's amazing how we see ourselves in our parents. The best we can do is take the positive things from them and better ourselves.
hang in there.

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    Don't let yourself go without weighing in for the week. The stress you have had this week could make the scale go up even if your food choices had been there and you had eaten right because of retaining water and such. However, I ALWAYS weigh myself regardless.....the reason being is that I can look back and see how the stress effected me so later down the road I can figure out what I need to do differently.

I will be praying for your parents. My mother wasn't able to exercise or be physical around us either (she worked 2 jobs to keep food on the table)....so I have had a long road of learning what I do like and dislike to do physical activity wise and getting my mindset into doing it.

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Update #7

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I was up .2 pounds for a total of 17.6 pounds lost for my Tuesday weigh-in. (My Medifast buddy hit 30 pounds this week, which is awesome!) I am actually really happy with how I did this week. In addition to three work events with meals last week (which I mentioned in my previous blog), graduation parties were on the agenda this weekend, so I was inundated with food. I ate a chicken barbecue, including a little macaroni salad and cake at the party, and part of a turkey sub at the get together the night before but I did manage to stay away from the chips, crackers, and cheese. (These are almost always my downfall.)

As for exercise, I started to do my walking dvds last week. I did 3 miles yesterday and 4 miles on Sunday. I also mowed the entire yard on Sunday (Happy Fathers Day!) which took about an hour of hustling. I like the Leslie Sansone dvds, but I try to ignore some of the chit chat. Itís also a little corny, but I do work up a sweat so itís a good tradeoff. My knees are not really bothered by it either which is very good news. I would also like to start working with some weights for my arms pretty soon. I have hand weights in assorted colors and poundages, and I know there are some good workouts in the Fitness Resources area. Iím trying to add things a little at a time. I am definitely a creature of habit, so making too many changes at once really throws me into a tizzy.

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SHERYLDS 6/19/2012 1:28PM

    You are making emoticon progress
and you are creating habits along the way.

don't compare apples to oranges
the real test comes in maintenance
and it's a tough road ahead for your friend

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Update #6 and First Test

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I lost 1.4 pounds this week for a total of 17.8 in 7 weeks. Not too shabby. My buddy on Medifast is kicking my butt with a total of 27 pounds, but that's OK. We're both doing awesome.

This was also my first real test in a while. I attended a conference for the last two days and eating was definitely a challenge. I had some failures and I probably gained a pound or two. One thing about conferences like this, you pretty much sit all day long and generally the food looks better than it tastes. But I still ate more of it than I should have. (My willpower muscle definitely needs more work, but it got some good practice in.) Yesterday's lunch was a disaster. It was a barbeque. The only green thing there was coleslaw, which is not exactly diet friendly. I have another conference tomorrow and then my niece's graduation activities this weekend. Weigh-in next week will probably not be too pretty, but these things happen. I did go home yesterday and did 3 miles of one of my Leslie Sansone walking dvds. That always makes me feel better. Hopefully I'll get some walking in at lunch today as well.

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KIYOSHI04 6/14/2012 10:49AM

    just keep plugging along.

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Update #5

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I was down 2.6 pounds this week, for a six week total of 16.4. Not too shabby, but of course I would like it to be higher. An average of 2 pounds a week is more realistic in the long run. At least I didnít go up!

My Medifast buddy has lost a total of 23 pounds, so we're both doing great. It helps so much to have a human to share the ups and downs with and we really support each other. It also helps that we are not following the same strategy for weight loss. Otherwise, I think it might get a tad competitive.

I am happy that I am finding it easy to find good things to eat, too. Since Iím kind of a boring eater, tracking has not been a problem. I know itís a pain, but measuring and tracking really help me. Iím not just tracking calories, but other nutrients as well. For example, I rarely get enough protein and calcium Ė which is not so good given my age (can you say osteoporosis, more importantly, can you SPELL it?) Even with my multivitamin I wasnít getting enough, so Iíve added a calcium supplement. Not so sure what to do about the protein, though. I donít crave meat anymore and I only have smoothies on the weekend now, so I guess I need to find something else to put protein powder in.

I still have knee and back problems if I walk too much, but I am sure that this will improve as more weight comes off. I definitely need to get more physically active to get the complete healthy lifestyle that I want.

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KIYOSHI04 6/13/2012 9:01AM

    glad to hear you are doing great!

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CCASKEY37 6/6/2012 5:57AM

    It's good that you're making progress. Keep it up.

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SHERYLDS 6/5/2012 5:43PM

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MBERKLEY2 6/5/2012 2:14PM

    Your doing great!

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