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Tuesday (Tomorrow is Weigh In Wednesday)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Just thought I would post a blog about my week before weigh in day. Each morning I check the scale and it's still a surprise on Weigh-in day.

This week, I have done well on tracking and staying within my range. I have even managed to keep it to the lower end most days. The toughest day for me was the day of my Mom's surgery. I had packed fruit for my snacks, but no lunch figuring I would just grab something. My stomach hurt by the time I was able to eat lunch. No fat combined with no gallbladder. Next time, I'll have to pack a granola bar or string cheese with the fruit.

I recently bought the SP cookbook and have been enjoying trying the new recipes. I had the kids each pick out a couple recipes. So far, everyone has enjoyed most of the recipes. In fact, it's fun to see the kids eating more fruits and veggies too. I hope these habits stick with them.

Also, I tried a new veggie this week, Baby Argula. It's very good, kind of nutty. It really makes even my old recipes new again. So fun, maybe we can do this again next week.

My weak point this week has been exercise, with the warm weather I have a hard time staying indoors and working out. On the up side, I am going for long walks, these really brighten my mood. But, I still need to make time for my strength training.

Also, I need to work on getting a little more sleep. It's much easier to work out if you slept well the night before. So, on this note, goodnight. I hope your day went well and that you are a little healthier and stronger. Keep on sparking friends. You always brighten my day.

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LGAR519 3/14/2012 10:17AM

    Good luck on your weigh-in today. Great you are trying new veggies. Arugula sounds like I might be able to eat some. ha! You are part of the Team that keeps me going. What a responsiblity. I need you all!!

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DECAFFEINATED 3/14/2012 9:05AM


You brighten my day too, Julie emoticon
"Nutty" is a great word for arugula.The baby varieties of vegetables are yummy! I relate it to the baby spinach I buy. So much sweeter and more delicate than the "old man" wrinkly spinach I used to buy, lol.
Keep on truckin', you're doing great.


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TRETRA 3/14/2012 8:33AM

    Good luck this morning!! Let us know how you made out!

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AMYTRIPP 3/14/2012 8:14AM

    Sounds like you're doing great! It's hard to bypass that warm air and sun, isn't it?

Good luck with today's weigh-in.

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7356WILMA 3/13/2012 10:49PM

  Sounds like you are staying on track great job!! Trying new veggies and fruit is a great way to add to the number of those each day. I'll have to try that! Thanks

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Journey to Weight Loss

Monday, March 05, 2012

Although I joined SparkPeople right before New Yearís, my journey to weight loss began this summer. In fact, it began with my co-worker receiving the diagnosis of pre-diabetes. Her high blood sugar levels that were causing her to fall asleep at work. She was understandably upset. I told her it would be OK and that she just needed to make a couple, easy changes to her diet. So, she stopped drinking her daily Frappecinos and began bringing fresh fruit to snack on. As she gradually began to have more energy, she became more active. This was no easy matter for her, as she has nerve damage and an artificial knee replacement. She greeted each of these changes with a positive, cheery attitude. Before long, she noticed that she was able to fasten her belt on a tighter notch. I am happy to tell you that she now needs to buy new pants because all of her pants are falling off.

Watching my co-worker begin her journey reminded me of all the things I do know about weight loss and healthy eating. That all the little things we do each day, really do add up and matter. Also, watching her, I began to be afraid for myself. I already was borderline with my blood sugar.I And I too was beginning to have problems falling asleep at work. My blood pressure was elevated even with my doctor doubling my meds.

But, I was so tired food didnít even taste good to me. Many of my favorite foods no longer tasted good. Instead, I was eating Chobani yogurt for lunch, or McDonalds, and lots of junk food from the vending machine. I would grab something from the vending machine when ever I was going to fall asleep. A six pack of diet soda took up permanent residence at my desk. I absolutely could not be caught sleeping at work or HR would begin harassing me like my co-worker. What was I going to do? I just didnít have the energy to begin a diet and exercise program.

Instead, I visited my MD. His diagnosis was insomnia with possible depression. He gave me a mild tricyclic antidepressant to help me sleep. The pills did work to help me sleep, but at the same time my depression changed from possible to actual. So, I started reading about depression. The one thing that stuck in my mind was that exercise was one of the best remedies. The solution, get my self off the coach and out for a walk. I have to say, that I didnít really enjoy the first few walks, but I did notice that I felt better afterwards. The other piece of advice, was to begin doing the things that I enjoyed doing. So I did. Sometimes I liked them, sometimes I didnít. But the point was to try to re-establish my old routine.

By the time I had enough sleep to really feel better, I was well over 20 pounds above my last high weight. I so clearly remember the first time I stepped on that scale after many months of avoidance. It felt so overwhelming. I felt like I was trapped in a very large hole with no shovel large enough to dig myself out.

About a month later, I found the SparkPeople app on my phone. I am so glad I downloaded it. I began checking out the site. Finally, at the end of December I was ready and looking forward to eating healthy and exercising. It was approximately a six month journey to be ready. I am so glad that I found SparkPeople. I am in month two of my new healthy lifestyle. This week marks my first week where I didnít have any ďlights outĒ days. Thatís what I call the days, where no matter what, my brain switches off and back to depression. Itís been a tough week, but I managed and did very well. I may have more days where my brain switches off, but itís OK I have my friends at SparkPeople. I also know that I have many more happy days than ďlights outĒ days. I canít tell you how much I am looking forward to Spring and walking in the sunshine. So, while I might stumble or even fall, this girl is not going backwards. The only direction for me is forward. Sunshine, happiness and health are my future.

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LGAR519 3/5/2012 10:23AM

    I enjoyed your blog. I've never been diagnosed with depression but feel like I have been fighting it forever. My best friend died about 4 years ago. She was a diabetic and did not take care of herself like she should have. I miss her so much. She was only in her 50's. Such a waste!! It hit me hard and I could feel myself slipping over the edge but with God's help I pulled myself back up!! It's an every day battle for all of us!!

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AMYTRIPP 3/5/2012 9:31AM

    Such a powerful post!
Thanks for sharing all this with us.
It sounds like you're on the right track to really change your life.

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RICOCHETBEAR 3/5/2012 9:07AM

    Bravo! you are doing wonderful!keep it up! emoticon

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ROSIESNOW 3/5/2012 7:56AM

    great attitude, Julie! I'm so glad you're feeling better - we're here for you! Just take it one day at a time, one choice at a time.

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GABRIELLEVA 3/5/2012 7:27AM

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us! Keep up the positive changes you've made and remember to keep making small, attainable goals and celebrate every small victory in healthy ways :)

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Visited my Dad

Sunday, March 04, 2012

We visited my Dad today in the nursing home. It was good to see his beautiful hair growing in all short and spiky. His eyes seemed a little brighter. He's mad at the nurses for putting posy alarm on his wheelchair. They put it on his chair because he fell when trying to walk on his own.

Over all, it was a good visit. One of Dad's doctors wants to speak to me about his DNR/DNI order. My Mom and I spoke about it and she wasn't aware that you could choose one and not the other. I guess I had hoped Dad would feel the same way. My Dad has had the DNI order for a long time and is very definite about it. That's fine, I can accept that. The DNR order makes me feel sad. I want to fight for my Dad, but it isn't what he wants. So instead of fighting for him, I'm going to curl up on the coach with a blanket and a good book.

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DECAFFEINATED 3/5/2012 10:19AM


I lost my Dad in August, I totally hear what you're saying.
What I realized with my own Dad is that dignity is very important, especially to men.
Allowing my Dad to die with as much dignity as possible was something he appreciated.
It's never easy, though, thinking about these things when it comes to a loved one.

hugs, Sue

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RICOCHETBEAR 3/4/2012 10:10PM

    all you can do is treasure the moments you have with him. I m glad you had a good visit overall, even if it wasnt quite what you wanted.


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7356WILMA 3/4/2012 8:41PM

  Glad you had a good visit with your dad! The decisions can be hard. emoticon

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LGAR519 3/4/2012 8:09PM

    Glad you had a good visit with your Dad.

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Month 2 - In Review

Saturday, March 03, 2012

This month I am down 7.6 pounds for a total of 15 pounds lost. A total of 3.5 inches are gone from my waist. It's been kind of a strange weight loss month. I lost a couple pounds the first week then hit a plateau for 2 weeks, I rounded out the month with a four pounds gone in one week. If I average that out it's a little over 1.5 pounds a week. I really think that's how my body has been losing weight, slowly and steadily.

I now work out six days a week. I have increased my work out time to 40 minutes a session. I feel less stressed if I miss a day knowing that I have already put in some extra time. I find I am beginning to enjoy my workouts and look forward to them. It really makes me feel better about my body. I feel stronger and have less pain due to the workouts.

The challenge this month has been learning to jog/run on the treadmill. I rediscovered my exercise induced asthma. This caused me to need the use of my rescue inhaler, which temporarily raised my BP into the danger zone. My BP has dropped back to normal, but it has erased a little of the progress I had made in that area. Oh well, eventually with continued weight loss, it will slowly drop right along with my weight. With all the snow I haven't been jogging/ running outside. After doing a little research, I think my problem was coming inside after being out in the cold, dry air. Also, I need a longer cool down. So, I jog/ walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes and follow it with 20 minutes on the elliptical. Because, for what ever reason I never have an attack on the elliptical. I follow the workout with a nice, hot steamy shower. So far, so good.

I've been working on my body image this month. After looking at old photos of myself, and photos of other women at my before and after weight, I have an idea in my head of what I want to look like. I don't want to look like I did when I was younger. Been there, done that, this time I want to be healthier, happier, and stronger. It's funny looking at the photos of the women at my height and weight in the "before" photos. I thought they were all lovely, beautiful women. I always felt so bad and ashamed of my own body. The photos helped me to realize, that I was wrong. I feel happier with my body right now. It's not ideal, but that's OK.

This month, they let 8 people go at my job. The place I work is not healthy. There are so many people with high blood pressure, anxiety attacks, depression, heavy drinking. All due to the very high level of stress. It's time for me to leave and to find a new job. Now, all I need to do is figure out what type of job I want. These feels like a very daunting task after working at this place for nearly 12 years. As stressful as this last week has been, I did great. I didn't give in and eat under pressure. I decided that work, simply wasn't worth it.

So, I am definitely ready to leave month 2 behind. I am looking forward to month 3 and hope it brings more positive changes.

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7356WILMA 3/4/2012 9:57PM

  You are doing great!! I know that you will find the right fit in a new job for yourself. Hopefully you can take your time and find the right fit!

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What a good blog, you have such a keen awareness of where you need to focus yourself in different areas of your life, that's a wonderful thing, I wish you the very best.

blessings, Sue

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BD3269PM 3/4/2012 8:22AM

    Congratulations. You are making great, positive changes in your life. And getting healthy for it. Keep it up emoticon

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LGAR519 3/4/2012 7:51AM

    Congats!! Isn't it wonderful to finally have your head on straight!! I love the way you are thinking. I hope you find a job that's easier on you. I worked a job I detested for 14 years. It isn't worth it. Your weight loss is doing good. Keep up the good work!!

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RICOCHETBEAR 3/3/2012 10:17PM

    I would say you have come long strides in a mere two months! I am very proud of you for making some firm decisions and changing the environment you work in. Thats a very big change that will , I think, greatly enhance the positiveness you are embracing about you and your lifestyle. Removing stress will remove a chunk of what pressures you to make some unhealthy choices. Bravo!

Good luck with finding the new job you want!

Hopefully, your health issues will slacken as you become even healthier than you are now. I am proud of you for exploring into body image and learning to accept yourself as you are.

There are not many people in the world that have exactly the body they would like to have, but there are ways to enhance what we have, with clothes and accessories to make it look more the way we would like. This may be something else for you to explore into...

all in all I think you are doing marvelous! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/3/2012 9:43PM

    You're doing great! I'm glad you didn't give up simply because there were a couple of no loss weeks. I'm hoping that exercise will become as enjoyable to me.

Good luck on finding that new job. I hope your current work doesn't catch wind of it before you're ready to move on.

Month 3 will be even better!

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Losing Weight is Like a Video Game

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Losing weight is a lot like playing a video game. In every video game there are obstacles. You know there is a way around these obstacles, it's just a matter of finding the secret. Lucky for us, there are plenty of Spark friends ready to share their secrets. Also, we know that we can win this game, because we will not be the first to play this game. And I hope, that like playing a video game, everyone is enjoying the journey.

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JULIETTECAKE 2/27/2012 6:55PM

    I think diet pills are the shortcut. The only problem with them is it is all to easy to almost hit the finish line only to slide back to the beginning of the game.

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LGAR519 2/27/2012 12:02PM

    Yes! I see the comparison. I'm doing much better with the help of my SparkFriends.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/27/2012 9:42AM

    But we don't have the secret shortcut to warp through, we have to play straight from beginning to end. It may take us longer, but victory over all the bosses will be more satisfying!

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7356WILMA 2/27/2012 8:39AM

  So so true!! Never thought of it that way before thank goodness for all of our spark friends. emoticon

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RICOCHETBEAR 2/26/2012 10:18PM

    Thats very true, it is like playing a video game! And yes! with the help of all our spark friends we will win! Great comparison emoticon

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