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Not motivated

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I'm not sure what is wrong with me today. I am feeling so unmotivated. I don't want to do anything - I got laundry done anyway. I'm just feeling so tired and I want to sleep, sleep, sleep; but I refuse to sleep away my weekend. But at the same time, I'm so bored. I imagine it's just stress, I don't know what else it could be.

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ETTEZEUS 3/29/2009 10:55PM

    kathy, I have definitely had days like this! It's not abnormal. Yes, it could be stress. It could be your body telling you to slow down too.
So don't be to hard on yourself. Just enjoy your down time.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 3/29/2009 9:52PM

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate it :)

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JESSICA4311 3/29/2009 9:37PM

    Your being to hard on yourself. We all have our days when we can't seem to get it in gear. You'll perk up soon enough and get back on track. Just hang in there


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    I can totally relate to what you're saying! I think it's totally normal to have days like the one you're having. I know I've had my share! You may be right about it being caused by stress. It could even have to do with the weather.

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HNOMAD 3/29/2009 6:17PM

    There's nothing wrong with you, Kathy. We all get that way sometimes. I get it a lot lately. I have to pry myself away from the computer and tell myself that I HAVE TO GET THIS DONE!!! You'll be feeling like yourself before you know it. Hope this helps. Heather

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Goals other than weightloss

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ah, this is easy. Since starting SparkPeople, I have been motivated to do more. I wanted to go back to school for years and finally got the nerve to go back 15 months ago and am SO GLAD I did. So my huge goal other than weightloss is getting my degree!

I'd also like to have another baby, but nature is preventing that; we're working on it though.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/24/2009 2:20PM

    Kathy, you are doing great and I'm proud of you for sure!


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    Hey Kathy,

You're a big inspiration to all of us! Good things come to good people and you're good people!

See you this weekend!


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ETTEZEUS 3/17/2009 7:39PM

    Great job Kathy!! What are you going to school for?
I'm still praying for you to have another baby. Don't give up!

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Biggest Healthy Eating Accomplishment

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

So far, the biggest changes I have made to my diet is that I regularly use the leanest ground beef I can find (regardless of the price!), have actually substituted with ground turkey a couple of times, and have switched permanently to light margarine.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 3/12/2009 10:36PM

    Great job ladies!

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    I'm eating more fruits and veggies! I don't indulge in every craving for junk food anymore and I've been trying to log my food on a fairly regular basis (still room for improvement there).

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 3/12/2009 12:29PM

    I love using ground turkey. That's the only kind of ground meat I use in my house, as my husband and I prefer to avoid red meat, though we eat it occasionally at restaurants. And, I like the fat free "I Can't Believe it's Not Butter!" spread. Only 5 calories a tbsp!

I think my biggest healthy eating accomplishment is my recent addiction to oranges!
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MYSHILOH 3/11/2009 2:42PM

    My biggest accomplishment so far is that for most days I've been able to keep my fat intake to less than 25% of my calories consumed. I've had a few days where I've fallen off the wagon, and I try to take 1 day a week as a "free" day. But I've been surprised at how easy it's been for me to keep my fat intake low. Now if I can just balance out the carbs & protein....

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KATHY_NATURELVR 3/10/2009 8:56PM

    Thanks ladies!

Keri, I've been skirting the idea of trying Morning Star but haven't gotten there yet.

April, I can't notice a difference between the two.

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KERI8587 3/10/2009 8:20PM

    If you realllllly want to be crazy, Morning Star makes a soy crumbles as a replacement for lean beef. It tastes good! I use it for tomato sauce & chili. VERY low cal & fat!

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APRIL849 3/10/2009 5:38PM

    You go Kathy! I myself have been using lean beef too. I haven't gotten to the ground turkey yet but I have some sitting in my freezer. How is the light margarine? I haven't tried that yet.


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Jan 31st Healty Reflections - Is the grass truly greener on the other side?

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.


*sigh* Well, I really wish I could do this more. There isn't much that I need or want that others have, but there is one thing; there was a baby-boom in 2008 and I wanted so much to be a part of it. I wish I could see the bigger picture when it comes to this but it's really hard. I know I am fortunate that I was able to have one child, a beautiful daughter, but that was not how I saw my life growing up. Even now, I don't want to have had only one child. I love my daughter with all my heart and she has been the best thing in my life, but I still feel like I'm missing a huge piece of me that was never filled. I tried filling it with other things: work, school, volunteering, hobbies, and friends, but none of it has made me feel better. I was proud of myself for accomplishing my weight loss goals and for going back to school and having friends, but wanting this baby has made me backslide, at least with the weighloss.

I got pregnant in January 2008. I lost it...and I long for that baby.

We haven't stopped trying, we've been going to a fertility clinic for the last 2 or 3 months and they may have pinpointed a thing or two that is preventing me from getting pregnant...but I'm still not. This cycle we were actually going to try fertility drugs (a series of two), but I have this cyst on my left ovary that made the clinic decide to not use the first round of the two (said it could make the cyst larger) and it makes me wonder if it'll work at all. I was so afraid to hope, and I did get a little hopeful, but then yesterday when I was told that the first part would be skipped my heart, and hopes, dropped...again.

They want to try this drug for two months to see if it works, then I'll probably be scheduled for a laparoscopy to confirm if I have endometriosis (and to remove it if so). I feel like nothing will work until that, and the cyst, is taken care of but I continue to go through the motions, hoping something will work. And time is slipping away so quickly...and I've waited for SO long. God, 13 years is such a long time. I began trying to get pregnant again when my daughter was 2 and she's now 15. I did take a 2 or 3 year break when I got divorced and remarried but my heart has been broken for so long over this.

But...I have to try to look at the bigger picture and remember that I was fortunate enough to have a beautiful daughter and try to make that enough even if another baby never happens.

Sorry for the long post...thanks for caring!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 2/4/2009 9:51PM

    You are lucky to have your one daughter. I don't have any children and I would like to have one and I don't even see it happening. Time is about out for me, I will be 44 in April. Sure there are people that have babies at that age, but I would prefer to have a husband to have a family. I have thought of adoption, but at this time in my life or situation, I don't see that happening either. I was married and personally glad I did not have kids with my ex-husband. I never got pregnant with him or in the next relationship I had. I don't know the reasons I haven't been able to get pregnant, it just never happened. I haven't even remarried, let alone dated anyone recently.

Being the age that I am at, things are starting to change. I've had cysts as well and had a biopsy which was about the most painful thing I've ever gone through, which turned out fine. I joke that I am going to be one of the "tabloid" old ladies having a baby. I told this to my doctor and she said she actually has a patient that is 50 and had her first child and it was health.....maybe there is hope for me yet.

Keep the faith...that is all I can do. God has plans for all of us, even though we may not know what they are yet.

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JHOFER 2/1/2009 11:47AM

    I understand your feelings of hopefullness and then the crash that occurs when something comes along to dash those hopes. You are lucky to have your daughter. I know that doesn't deminish the longing for another baby and that longing is just as strong as anyone else wanting to expand their family.

I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that this cycle works for you. emoticon

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How does your significant other influence your eating habits?

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

This really depends. If he knows I'm really serious and focused on losing weight, he doesn't try to corrupt me too much but as soon as he knows I falter just a bit he's really bad about offering junk food.

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    My husband is extremely supportive in my weight loss efforts. He doesn't try to tempt me with foods I shouldn't eat, but rather goes out of his way to be sure the foods I need are available. He eats junk food, but I know that if I asked him to, he wouldn't bring them near me. At the same time, if I am in a mood where I go off track, he doesn't judge me if I eat things I shouldn't. He has told me (many times) he loves me no matter what size I am, and just wants me to be happy. It's clear that's true, as when he married me, I was at my heaviest weight; about 55 pounds more than when we were first dating (you can see photos in my gallery). He is, of course, thrilled with what I've accomplished. I feel very lucky!

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