Sunday, June 26, 2011
Have you ever searched through the pages to find an emoticon to help visualize your thoughts, and come up empty-handed? Sometimes I have.
So I'm wondering, what would you create if the Sparkpeople team asked you to be their new emoticon designer? Here are some ideas of mine:
*"I Like This"
*"Hello" (like the "Bye")
*A few more healthy foods
*An exclamation point
For participating in this totally-unscientific survey, all I can think of to say is
Saturday, June 25, 2011
My weight is UP two pounds today!
Shoulda seen it coming. We ate at the hospital cafeteria yesterday...yeah, you know the place - they serve only super-healthy food there, right? I had a large piece of fried fish that was oh-so good, but also so salty. Did that stop me from devouring every last greasy morsel? NOT! (The three small hush puppies were salty, too!)
Had some good non-starchy veggies, too, but dunno how they were prepared. We catch a couple of meals like this a week...not indulging until I'm bulging, but consuming more calories than normal.
Anyway, the scale showed the results this a.m. I really expected it, as part of the cause-and-effect plan that's a given in life. I'll be careful to drink plenty of water today, and eat mostly stuff that has low or virtually no sodium.
Sayin' all that to say this...the scale cannot be trusted! It "lies" at times, don't you agree? Obviously, in my waking hours yesterday, I didn't consume the extra 7,000 calories required to gain two pounds. So, I try not to let that early-morning digital dialogue set the tone for my day's attitude. However, I will take note of it, renew my friendship with that box of metal and plastic between my toes (that, although extremely fickle, surely has my best interests at heart), and get back on board with more healthy decisions.
(Disclaimer: I know many who recommend only weighing once a week. That is a personal choice which has its pros and cons. If I had only weighed weekly and today was the day, it would have been discouraging, so that's why I prefer to keep on top of it daily, just as a point of reference... IMHO, FWIW.)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Before you think I've lost my marbles, let me share a title of a fellow-Sparker's blog that I just HAD to read a while back: "Overweight and proud of it!" Well, my curiosity took over and I clicked on the page. The woman had moved out of the "obese" category, and had moved into the "overweight" one, and she was celebrating! Her page glowed with enthusiasm as she basked in this victory.
I had already lost most of the pounds I wanted to shed before finding Sparkpeople. I've hoped to whittle off the last few pounds, but the scale keeps going up and down. However, I've recently started a good regimen of strength training which I've faithfully done three times a week for over a month now. I've heard that can get the scale moving. If it doesn't, I'll get it moving...out the second story window!
Yes, I'm a gainer here on SP...I've gained knowledge, tools, and most importantly, motivation, inspiration, and genuine caring from the many I can now call friends. Often, someone will say exactly what I need to hear on a particular day, and that is such a blessing! Now even though I've not met you face to face, I'll bet if I could, we'd get along wonderfully as we had a tete-a-tete over a low-calorie snack.
I'm looking forward to many more years of "gaining" here with you, friends (and helping you keep gaining in this way, too)! Best wishes to you all as you keep making wise decisions and sharing your time, love and Spark with others!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
On Wednesday, my daughter-in-law called, and said, "Mom, I don't want to upset you, but..." (don't you hate getting calls that begin like that?). My son had woken up after sleeping about 6 hours (he's a meteorologist, and had worked a week of midnight shifts, so it was about 2 p.m.). He was disoriented, his mouth was contorted and he had some other physical issues. He couldn't answer my DIL's questions about what year it was or to name his two daughters. She called 911, and the paramedics came and took him to the ER. To make a long story fairly-short, after a CT scan ruled out a possible stroke and bleeding on the brain, they sent him home with a diagnosis of a possible seizure.
As we (family) pieced together what happened, including his whole musculature being extremely sore the next day, we feel pretty sure he had a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure while sleeping, and it woke him up. My daughter has well-controlled epilepsy, so that definitely caused us to lean toward that. He saw his internist Friday, and he gave him a good going-over, and seems to concur with our thoughts. Got him started on the same meds as his sister, and reiterated: no driving, swimming, tub bath, etc. until seeing a neurologist for further eval. EEG and seeing neuro doc is set for Tuesday.
I spent a few days there to be with the family, and do housework, cook, and play with grandgals to help alleviate some stress from what was a difficult few days trying to process all the "what-ifs" and kinda just be there in case it happened again, and see how the adjustment to the meds was going. Got back in last night.
So for those who dropped off notes of encouragement and/or prayer support, it meant a lot to read through them. I just spent a few mins on SP a day, logging in and checking my streaks. But, surprisingly, when I got home, even after some haphazard eating ("it's clean-out-the-fridge day") and a treat at Marble Slab Creamery, my weight had actually dropped a pound! Will wonders never cease?!?
Trying to catch up on my own housework, and hoping to soon get back to doing my part, jogging around Sparkville and dropping off notes of encouragement:)
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