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Double Sprain

Monday, December 27, 2010

Day 2 of my 28 day plan. I did not get much done on my to-do list, but one of the things I did do was get a walk in. I walked 2.2 miles, but I fell twice. I think I sprained my left wrist and left ankle. I am also really sore on both knees and my back. I twisted when I fell. Cracks in the sidewalk. I landed really hard but kept going which probably helped me not stiffen up immediately.

I ate on the low end of the calorie range. I am hungry, but I think it's the idea of food and the tastebud excitement and not true hunger. (16 ounces of water consumed at this point). Halfway through the walk, we stopped at Togos and had lunch. We split a chicken sandwich. I prefer Subways but there isn't one in the small town where I live. I was disappointed when I got home to discover the sodium count for the sandwich when I looked online to put it on my tracker. I did not eat all of the honey whole wheat bread and we did not add cheese.

Today marks the first day of my 12th month on SparkPeople. After all this time, eating away from home can still present a landmine of choices! I feel good about today's choice, but not great.

Tomorrow will be a day to run errands and continue to chip away at the to do list.

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JHADZHIA 12/28/2010 8:37PM

    So sorry about your falls :(( I have to be so ultra careful about falling because of how fragile my bones are. I have learned a walking technique that allows my safe walking on uneven ground, never catch my big toes on anything, but then, I also watch where I am putting my feet carefully too (unfortunately its bad posture staring at the ground), but the sidewalks are so uneven here with tree roots pushing them up, you have to be aware..
Be sure you ice everything and rest them.
Wow! Almost 12 months! Looks like you have made some healthy habits and are trying to stick by them, which is a good thing! Restaurant food always has lots of sodium, you probably drank enough water to compensate..

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CARRAND 12/28/2010 7:31PM

    I hope your sprains are minor. Be careful!

I ate well today, if you don't count the Christmas candy I ate. Why do I do it? But I had a nice workout at the gym and even did the elliptical for 10 minutes along with the weight lifting. Maybe that makes up for the candy.

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 12/28/2010 10:53AM

    Gosh sorry about the fall. That's awful. I hope you recover quickly. So almost 12 months. That is impressive. Congrats and I know you've only just begun and I can't wait to witness your successes along the way. Keep on Sparking!

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28 x 2

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I decided to start the 28 day program today. I should have done it when I first started on SP laste last January, but I was so overwhelmed at the time that I didn't even learn about the plan for months...

I want to get below 160 by 1/31/11. That means I need to average a loss of just over a pound every week until then. Today, I decided I would start walking 20 minutes a day and ramp it up each week. I drove to a shopping center and walked around the perimeter. I thought I would have to do it about twice to get the time in. As it turned out, it took 28 minutes to go around the entire thing. I then left the car where I parked it and walked all over the mall. I ended up walking for over an hour and more than 3 miles. Boy, do I feel it. As the evening wears on, I feel pretty stiff. The mall is on the way home, so I could walk the perimeter every day and challenge myself to walk it in less time each time.

While at the mall, I stopped in at Ross. I was looking for a purse. They did not have one I wanted, but they did have several different Fit & Fresh container sets. I bought a big cooler and several of the container sets. I have had food taken at work and, now, this won't happen. The sets will also help me stay on track with my measured food. Something of a splurge, but definitely something that will help me succeed. I am determined to get in shape!

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CARRAND 12/27/2010 9:29PM

    Good for you! The walking is a great idea, and so are the containers. I eat so much better when I pack a lunch for work.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/27/2010 10:28AM

  Awesome plan. The containers will help you out a lot.. good going on those!

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LINDYPAINTS 12/27/2010 6:30AM

    Excellent... I find it really helpful to have a plan and the containers will be great!
Keep up the walking, I know emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/26/2010 11:32PM

    Sounds like a great plan!! That is just plain mean, people taking food that doesn't belong to them..Sorry you had to spend some money to figure out a solution, but at least you can keep you eye on it now..
One pound a week sounds doable, just be careful about overdoing it, you don't want a set back ((I say as I am painfully hobbling around, every muscle in my body sore from the kickboxing workout -can feel the rust))
All the best with it!!

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A Quiet Day

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas dawned early. I could not sleep. I got up early, weighed and jumped onto the SP site, accruing most of today's points before breakfast. I reported last week that the site showed a loss when I had actually gained a pound. Today, I weighed 2 pounds less, but the site reports one. I have not lost 2 pounds in one week for a while. I haven't figured out exactly what I did right last week. I know what I did not do, but that's it. I skipped almost all of the treats at work and I did some walking every day, but nothing outstanding.

The promised rain has finally arrived. It is a "hybernation" kind of day and I am glad for it. My lower back is still hurting, so no movement today. That was probably what kept me waking up.

I have a lot of things to do, but no energy today. Tomorrow...

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 12/26/2010 8:57PM

    Hoping you enjoyed your day of hibernation! Rest is good in the right doses. Walking daily is a great accomplishment. Way to go!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/25/2010 11:42PM

  Congrats on the weight loss! Hope you can get a good sleep. Hope your lower back feels better soon.

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EMPTYNESTER60 12/25/2010 10:55PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss & on making the right choices with the treats at work. Good job getting in some walking each day. Glad you had a restful day - we all need those once in a while. We are having snow in NC today. It started around noon & is still snowing. Will probably get 4-6 inches before it's over. Pretty to look at but they don't do a very good job clearing the roads so Monday morning could be a problem getting to work. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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CARRAND 12/25/2010 8:11PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. I think the walking and skipping the treats at work contributed to your success. I ate too much today, over my calories by a couple hundred, but it could have been worse. I went to a movie with my two grown children (The King's Speech - Terrific!) and I did not eat any popcorn. For me that was a real victory. We are expecting snow for tomorrow. I hope it's not too much.

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JHADZHIA 12/25/2010 7:05PM

    Everyone needs a rest day.
Just a note, not knowing what kind of back troubles you have, for me, I was told walking helps relieve it and laying (or sitting) around too much makes it worse.
Hope you feel better tomorrow!!
Didn't get much done what I should have today either. Spent two hours on Skype with my sister, mostly staring into an empty living room or the people moving around in the background with the ever present TV sounds scratching in my ear. Then I went out to lunch with my step dad..
I ran out of points to give goodies, but unfortunately, not out of Spark friends to give them to :(( Wish the wheel wasn't so stingy. Saw my buds get high numbers and two even won a prize! But not unlucky me.
Tomorrow is another day, another chance to get things done.
Hope you can get a good sleep!

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Christmas Eve and a Gift (or 5) For Me

Friday, December 24, 2010

Nonie_C posted a blog yesterday about giving yourself 5 self-care presents. She said write them down, wrap them up as 5 presents under the tree and unwrap them for Christmas. Then, take that wrapping paper and cut it in smaller pieces of paper. Write down things such as "drink water", "go for a walk" and then hang them up as if they are ornaments, post them somewhere visible or stick them in your pocket. Then do one of those steps every hour.

I don't have a tree (cats and no room and allergies/dislike of artificial), so I will have to do this in a different way. I'm not sure what my five gifts will be, so I might have to work backwards from my goal for 2011. I am not even sure what my goal is in terms of pounds lost. Should I shoot for the entire 55 I need to lose or, because I may hit the same excruciatingly long series of plateaus as I did this year should I shoot for something closer to the 25 I lost this year?

The number is not the be all and end all. I will do things this next year that bring me closer to the healthy life I want.
One gift: strong bones (vehicle: strength training)
A second gift: Healthy body (vehicle: healthy eating)
A third gift: healthy heart (vehicle: cardio)
A fourth gift: intellectual growth (vehicle: education where and how I can find it!)
A fifth gift: (This one is real!). Two pair of New Balance walking shoes!

I went for a walk today which I have not done consistently when I have a day off. When I started, my hip started bugging me and I almost turned around. I kept going and it worked out. I walked to the small shopping center near home. My foot started hurting and I walked into Sports Authority. I have very short wide feet that are different widths and different lengths. I have to buy for the width and just deal with shoes that are slightly too long. I went to the clearance aisles and did not find anything. Then I went back to the womens section and found two pair of New Balance shoes on closeout. One pair is called a trainer and the other pair is for walking. I will keep one at work. I wore the other ones home.

At work, they are raising the cost of the yoga classes. I could not afford them at this year's price, so I see this shoe investment as if I were buying 10 weeks of yoga class. I need the walk as often as I can.

My brother gave me an Amazon gift card so I may use that to get some yoga dvds or something. Not that I know much about yoga, but I know I need the flexibility, balance and strength it can give me. I also have some too-little-used Pilates DVDs.

The last gift I give myself is enough "selfishness" to put exercise and other self-care elements in my daily routine.

In so doing, perhaps I come a bit closer to becoming the temple of the Spirit that my body is meant to be.

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CARRAND 12/25/2010 11:46AM

    Merry Christmas. I love your gifts to yourself. Good shoes are so important and worth every penny. You are definitely on track for a stronger, healthier you.

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CATLADY52 12/25/2010 11:22AM

    Start walking and change one thing at a time. Once you start eating healthy and walking I'm sure you'll have a different thought on the rest. Have a good Christmas and break in those new shoes. emoticon

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MISSY455 12/25/2010 2:24AM

    The five gifts is a very neat idea! Walking shoes are so important, I am glad you found some good ones.

IMHO, it is hard to put a time limit on the pounds lost. This is of course after I have set two time goals and am well past both and still carrying weight around I need to loose! That being said, I think it is more important to get the healthy habits in place and then the rest should take care of its self. Once I quite worrying about the date I had in my head and started concentrating more on the elements of my lifestyle I started loosing the weight. Try to get consistent about the calories in, cardio and strength training, and getting in at least 8 glasses of water. The weight loss will happen for you!

I hope you have a wonderful week and get to try out those shoes a few more times!

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NONIE_C 12/25/2010 1:12AM

    This is fantastic! You are giving yourself some very special gifts, and you are clear on how you will realize those gifts.
Congrats on the running/walking shoes!!! emoticon
I'm really looking forward to my first paycheck, and then I'm going to get myself that very same "real", or should I say tangible, gift! Yay, we are caring for ourselves!!! We rock!!!
I wish you a happy weekend, filled with many successes and lots of self care!
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UMUCGRAD 12/24/2010 9:43PM

    Enjoy the walks. Every one of those steps is a victory!

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Little Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I was 13 when I met my dad and I met the rest of that side of the family slowly over the next few years. Their holiday traditions were different from those of my stepfather and his family and it took me a while to understand the beauty of both traditions.

"Little" Christmas Eve is one of those traditions. On "Little" Christmas Eve, we were allowed to open one present from a friend (not a family member). Only late in Dad's life did he share why he thinks the tradition exists. I always thought it was one of those remote Norwegian habits just as Santa Lucia Day is. Bestefar emigrated from Norway when he was a young man. I met him very late in his life when he had forgotten his English and I did not know enough Norwegian to bridge the gap. But that did not harm the genuine affection between us - but I digress.

Dad thinks his father invented the tradition when my two aunts and dad were little so that it would take some of the pressure cooker steam of Christmas anticipation off and buy the parents some peace. I don't care what the reason is. Observing the Eve makes me feel closer to my grandfather, a man larger than life. With both Bestefar and Dad gone, it makes me feel closer to both of them and I feel their approval.

It's a warm feeling!

My back is feeling some better and the nausea is almost completely gone. Finally!

Today was the last day of work for the year. I ended up working late covering Yvonne's desk. Some contracts had to be dated this year and she left when everyone else left at 2:00. She had a doctor appointment that had been scheduled in anticipation of us being cut loose early.

After I got those rush deals out, I did some straightening in my office. It needs more, but I am tired and will be headed home as soon as I post this. On my own time, now. I would never do this on company time!

I have books to read, exercise to do, planning to do for the first part of the year. I need to get ready for my Toastmaster mentorship experience. It starts on the 3rd! That first day of work is going to be hectic. I also need to start my online certification course.

I read an SP article today about setting goals that, on their face, seem unattainable. I'm not sure what I think about that. This 11 month journey has been amazing and frustrating and life-changing. I know I will continue to learn and grow but the question is will I continue to lose weight? And how will that go? Facing my fear. I hit the longest plateau of my life last spring and a couple shorter ones after that. Couple that with the fact that I do not have a loving relationship with exercise and I am looking at my 25 loss for these 11 months.

Yes, I know all the truisms, that slower is better. And, yes, in my head, I agree. But I want more! I really would LOVE to lose the other 55 pounds by this time next year. Is that doable?
For a lot of you, yes, you have done it. Me? Not sure. It would mean a HUGE lifestyle change in terms of cardio and time commitment. I cannot coast as I have sometimes this year. I really need to commit, but it might be wiser to commit to an incremental increase in activity. I am still thinking about this.

I have not even done the 28 day plan yet! Maybe I will read that part of the book and start the day after Christmas. More thought.

I did spread the Spark today. They're thinking about starting a WW at work club here, but they may not have enough participants. I was talking to one of the prospective members and told her what I am doing. We've talked in the past, but not recently. I know she wants to lose the weight, but I don't think she's ready to work at it. I told her I will bug her for a walk when we come back in January.

The company is lowering their subsidy for the yoga classes so the cost will go up next year. I could not afford them at the current rate, so that tells me I need to figure out other avenues of exercise. Yes, I know there are a lot. More thought.

The day is not over, but my home internet connection is not reliable, so.....I'm signing off here.
If you are not seeing responses from me, it's the lack of connectivity through the internet, not because I am ignoring you or don't care.

What are your unique holiday traditions? Please share!

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MISSY455 12/23/2010 10:33PM

    When I was a child we celebrated Christmas just on that day. All the presents were either from Santa or my grandparents. My husband's family always opened family presents on Christmas eve and their stocking items, on Christmas morning, were from Santa. So when we got married our traditions were completely different. I fought against the Christmas eve tradition until our children started waking up at 4 and 5 am on Christmas day to get at the presents. Then opening the majority of the presents on Christmas eve started sounding like a great idea!

Now that the children are grown and on their own, we celebrate Christmas eve at my daughter's house. We have snacks, open all the family gifts, enjoy a lovely dinner, and then head home. On Christmas day, my husband and I have a totally lazy day and we lay around all day watching movies and eating Chinese food. We order Chinese food to go on Christmas eve before we head to our daughter's and then we don't even have to get dressed on Christmas day if we don't want too!

There is no pressure on the kids too split their Christmas day between families and we know we have at least one day a year were we have zero obligations! It's a win all the way around.

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CARRAND 12/23/2010 9:08PM

    You can certainly lose 55 pounds in a year. That's only a little more than a pound a week. I lost 70 pounds in about 15 months, which is about 65 weeks. I just tracked my food and got more exercise, and spent all my free time on Spark People! My Spark Friend are a real support to me, and supporting other people helps to keep me honest.

I think weight training is my favorite thing to do now. I am really lucky to have a County Recreation Center about 3 miles from my house. I can afford the fees this year. Next year after I retire (and have a lot less money) I plan to volunteer there, so my membership will be free!

We don't celebrate Little Christmas Eve, but we do usually open one present on Christmas Eve, and the rest of the presents Christmas morning. It helps to spread out the excitement.

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JHADZHIA 12/23/2010 9:00PM

    That is a wonderful tradition! Sorry, nothing special here. If you can't or won't do the exercise then accurate food tracking is a must! Staying in your calorie range is imperative. You must do what you can, though, in exercise. I have a bad connection and wouldn't dream of online workouts (when downloading those You tube things, it usually bogs down and shuts off :(). Try borrow workout DVD's from the library, you never know what you might find and like! Mom found the Richard Simmons DVD after not seeing it anywhere in the stores.
Enjoy your time away from work and try to relax and have some FUN!!
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/23/2010 8:27PM

  I don't have any unique holiday traditions. Just having dinner with my family. My brother doesn't hand out christmas presents.. hasn't since my mom passed away 11 years ago.

Losing 55 pounds in a year - will take a lot of effort on your part. I will not sugar coat it.. because I don't want to. You have to track your food .. I mean *everything*. You need to know how many calories you are getting exactly EVERY day. But I'm sure you know all of that! At least you are on SP... and, you've done great on the weight you have lost. And, slower IS better. You do it too quickly.. things can screw up.

Have a great Christmas.

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