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Nutritional Changes I've Made

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I just wanted to take a moment to share some of the nutritional changes I have made in this journey. Actually, it is an assignment from Spark Coach and a good one. The most important change has really been portion control if I am honest about it. Kind of embarassing really. I would eat supersized meals and especially as we get older our bodies just don't need that much food. So where does it go? My body stored it as fat right quick and in a hurry. The last thing that I want. I would kid myself and say that these foods were healthy foods so I could have as much as I want. The scale doesn't lie and neither does the mirror. At any rate that is first on the list, and I now weigh and measure every bite. It's been a serious and necessary adjustment.

I confess I struggle to get fiber into my diet as I am gluten intolerant. So each day I have begun to be sure to include high fiber foods when making the substitutes for wheat and gluten bearing products in my food tracker. I follow the food tracker to the letter with these gluten free substitutes and I'm doing well with this eating plan and feeling better to boot.

Thank God I don't have sugar cravings or I would really be in a pickle. It was bad enough to crave the salty items like chips and the pasta -- don't even let me go there! Those are my comfort foods. Add a little stress and there I would go, but no more! I now have a piece of fruit for a healthy snack and that does the trick.

Lastly, the water! Our well water is healthy but doesn't really taste very good. My husband likes it fine -- but for me -- not so much! So to get my water in I have been doing flavored water putting in Lipton peach tea. I think this is okay, if not, someone please let me know because the calories are negligible and I really enjoy it!

Well, that's a wrap on the dietary changes and I confess I am feeling so much better and my energy level is definitely up! Hope this finds you all having a healthy day and God bless!

Sheila
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CALLIECURTIS5 5/30/2013 3:15PM

    Portion control was an "eye opener' for me as well, when I learned about it years ago. I said to myself, "No wonder I got fatter and fatter". Adjusting it is very easy but keeping to it is sometimes difficult. I am a "quanitity eater" and most times I want ALOT. So learning what makes a larger quantity of food has been interesting. I learned that your cooked macaroni will get bigger and fuller if you cook the macaroni and let it sit in the water awhile. I pre weigh 2 oz (210 cals) and then turn it off and drain water out and blanche it after about 1/2 hour of sitting. It really works. I do the same with rice. I measure 1/2 c uncooked rice (150 cals) Cook rice in 2/3 c chicken broth and let it sit in the pan after it is done. It swells up and it seems that I have more to eat for the same amount of calories.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/30/2013 1:48PM

    It sounds like you are making some really good changes and they should work.

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JOHGLO2011 5/29/2013 1:29PM

    Flavored waters are just fine as long as they don't have a lot of sugar in them. ;) Sounds like you are well on your way to a healthy new you!
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Back on Track

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We had a wonderful Memorial Day at our house with my 2 kids and our 2 grandchildren sharing it with us. Also, we celebrated my husband's birthday as well. I just want to give Fred a shout out today as he has been very supportive of my Sparking and healthy lifestyle changes. These changes I think affect our friends and family in a positive way because it encourages them to be healthy and think about their own health and vitality. Thanks Fred for your encouragement and support!

Today is a getting back on track day so I am ramping up my cardio today and getting in more fitness minutes. I am slowly figuring out that going from 0 to 30 isn't going to cut it. I need to be more like 0 - 60 to get this done. So be it...whatever it takes to be fit and healthy. That is my goal and I can't wait to get moving today! Make it a great day for your because you are so worth it!

Blessings to you and yours,

Sheila
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/28/2013 2:45PM

    I'm so glad your weekend was great. Bless both of our suppressive hubbies. Good luck with your goals!!

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JOHGLO2011 5/28/2013 2:19PM

    Love spending time with my family ( even if it involves eating!) And I couldn't ask for any better support than my husband gives me. I am very blessed! Best wishes to you as you get back on track today!

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HONEYCART07 5/28/2013 12:50PM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! For me it is my favorite time when I get to spend the holidays with my family! I am so happy for you that your husband is supportive on your journey it can make a HUGE difference. At first my just ok whatever you want. Now he is seeing how much more fit I am and home much more energy I have. He actually is thinking about doing more since he had gained about 40lbs since we got married almost 2 years ago. Good luck on the workouts I know starting out you are just trying different things to see what works. I know as you go you have to adjust them to keep moving forward. Have a wonderful day and thanks for the encouragement on my post!

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A Quick Update

Monday, May 27, 2013

I have modified my diet and I am now eating the recommended foods (with some substitutions for gluten free items) and I am actually eating more food now. That may help. I did cardio today but spent most of the day cooking with all the family coming tomorrow. My goal for tomorrow is a no cheat day and 10 min. Of exercise unless I can get some folks out for a walk! Spark Coach recommends I do the Fitness Generator so that's my next step. My goal is to get more fitness minutes in and to add some resistance or strength training. I would love to be toned up a bit! Wouldn't you? Not just for how I look but just to have more strength. I can tell my legs are stronger just from what I have been doing so far. That is encouraging. Well bye for now and keep on Sparking guys!

Sheila
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/27/2013 8:32PM

    I didn't do any cooking before hand so I had it all to do today but I will have food for several days.

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A New Leaf

Friday, May 24, 2013

I have been walking all week and moving the body and sticking to my eating plan but have continued to plateau so I decided to get some professional advice and signed up for the Spark Coach program. I am excited to get started with it. Had lesson 1 today - and looking forward to getting on a better track and break through that plateau. So here's to a new leaf. Make tomorrow a great day and take great care of yourself because you are definitely worth it! God bless you!

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CJBAGGINS 5/26/2013 11:46PM

    All the best to you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/26/2013 8:54PM

    I hope it works for you!!

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KABMPH 5/26/2013 8:09AM

    Good luck! Some of my SparkFriends are using it and love it!

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JESSERMOVICK 5/25/2013 8:37AM

    Spark coach is a great tool! Way to go using SP resources to get you through this plateau! emoticon

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DIBANANA 5/24/2013 11:35PM

  Good for you to keep moving forward. I read this quote today.

If you are tired of starting over stop giving up! Good for you not giving up!

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NORMAGAIL2 5/24/2013 11:15PM

    Sheila,

How exciting! I have considered trying the Spark Coach program out. I would love to hear more about your experience with this! It is very good that you are trying something different to move toward your goal, since what you are doing isn't getting you there. However, don't forget to applaud yourself for using the healthy behaviors that you are using - this is excellent!

Good Luck!
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It's All About Consistency

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today was an incredibly busy day for me. I had some personal business to take care of in the morning as we have a rental house on the market, followed by some Spark Time (I confess I do a lot of Spark Time) to keep my focus where it should be for the day. Then the awful chore of the annual pool opening which involves vacuuming green algae (slime) off the bottom of the pool -- not a lot of fun, and then sweeping a huge patio from all the winter droppings, leaves, and debris that had accumulated and more that got deposited there from removing the pool cover. I think this is why they pay pool companies good money to open pools. At any rate since we are retired on a limited budget it was up to us to get this mess cleaned up. So after the heavy vacuuming and scrubbing the walls of the pool down I made an hour trip to pick up a bunch of chemicals to shock and kill the remaining algae. After dumping all the chemicals in and watching foam rise off of it -- it was time to get my exercise in (pool cleaning is not aerobic but it was a workout in itself.) So after doing 1.5 miles on the treadmill it was 7 p.m. and time to fix dinner for my son and daughter in law who had come by for a visit. After watching a movie I cleaned up the kitchen. It's now time to log in and complete Sparking for the day!

This site keeps me consistent and true to myself and the goals that I have set and I thank God for SP. While it does take a good bit of time it is well worth it. Why exactly? Consistency. This losing weight and getting healthy lifestyle is about consistency as much as it is about what we eat and how we move. Without the consistency that this site helps build into our lives many of us (especially me) would not be able to do this. In the busy days that we have and all the things that are screaming for our time and attention this site helps us keep our priorities true to our values! So thank you Spark People for that, and I sincerely thank all my fellow team members for your part in supporting me and each other in this endeavor. God bless you and yours and make it a great day tomorrow!

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UMBILICAL 5/23/2013 11:25PM

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