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Back on Track...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I had a couple of rough days as I somehow got into some MSG and I am very allergic to it so I ended up with a 2 day migraine. Fortunately I didn't feel much like eating so overeating wasn't an issue but getting exercise in with a migraine isn't any fun. I managed to do about 15 min. of cardio each day just to keep my metabolism revved up.

When I weighed in this morning I was down 2 lbs. so I was delighted. I ended up Sparking for most of the day as I had over 100 emails to go through. At any rate I had a really good cardio workout today to get back on track, and tomorrow I will start with the resistance bands to begin toning again. I do appreciate some of the suggestions you folks have made. I definitely upped my protein level and that worked well! Next I will be journaling reps for toning, and increasing over last time. I just received a stronger resistance band today so that will help with the toning. It was good to be back online and to hear some you are making progress too. Thanks again for stopping by and your support.

Take great care of yourselves and make it a great day tomorrow!

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    I have way too many emails to get through too. LOL.

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CALLIECURTIS5 6/19/2013 12:06PM

    It IS very tuff to exercize with a migraine. you did right by doing alittle...ME? I know I would hav enot done any..guess I am not as dedicated. Glad that you were able to get yourself back on track.

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EYRUNINGA89 6/19/2013 8:40AM

    Im sorry about the migraine but great job getting in exercise! Its often hard when you are not feeling good! Also, congrats on those 2 lbs! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 6/18/2013 10:44PM

    Good job with getting back on track. emoticon

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What Can I Do Better?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Well, I am going to weigh in the morning and I am kind of dreading it. I am afraid it won't go down. I always get to the point where I don't believe it will move down any more and then when I don't expect it to drop it finally does. At any rate, Spark Coach has assigned me to write about what I can do better for my program.

So, in all honesty various things come to mind. But what is really important and doable at this point in my journey? Well, one thing I am having trouble with is my dinner portion with certain kinds of meals. You know that old nemesis, portion control! Tonite I made Sheila's Chicken Curry (I uploaded it if you are interested.) It is a low cal yet tasty meal. It is supposed to serve 4, and you serve it over brown rice (1 cup of the rice.) The rice is no problem. but when I am looking at the pan I made the Chicken Curry in, it is difficult to tell just how much is one serving. So, I think I may have been going over the mark with my portions at dinner. I am going to have to solve that one. It is easy if you fix a piece of meat. We can figure 3 or 4 ounces fairly easily -- but things that we fix in a pot or pan are a bit tougher and I tend to kind of err on the high side. Hopefully, this wasn't too much to my detriment because I tend to try to save calories for the end of the day when I have the munchies at night. That does help me.

Second, I tend NOT to do my strength training. That is not helping me. I need the additional calorie burn and I need to tone up -- which I really want to do. I'm not sure why I don't do this. So I resolve tomorrow to begin my resistance bands again - upper body and lower body. This may help to get the old metabolism going better and help me to look better.

That's all that really comes to mind right now. I am very consistent with cardio and so maybe taking a closer look at portion control at the dinner hour and figuring out a way to measure when I do meals that are not individual pieces of meat.

I'm sure there are a million other kinds of things but these are doable for me at the moment.

I am open to suggestions from anyone reading this -- I really do welcome them -- so please feel free to comment away. That's what this program is all about -- helping each other to find what works! If you found something that helped you please share it.

Thanks once again for all your comments in the past, your support, your encouragement and suggestions. Keep them coming and make it a great day tomorrow!

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    I hate strength training so I tend to do it while I watch T.V. or something to take my mind off it. I have the same problem with judging portions of meals like you described.

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RIGEIN24 6/16/2013 4:51PM

    What helped me is tracking my progress in a journal...keep a number of how many reps you can do or how challenging it felt. When you see the changes on paper it might inspire you to do more! I mean who doesn't want to get stronger, but actually KNOW they are? You can try the pushup test or crunch test and see how many you can do in a minute, if your body is capable of it anyway. Also the step and mile test. Here's a link with the fitness tests to see how you measure up:


By the way you mentioned a tofu recipe but I can't find it, can you link to it? I'll definitely try your chicken recipe sometime though!

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GRAMMY7070 6/15/2013 10:02PM

    Sounds like you have a some good goals . I know what you mean about portion control. That is one of my problems, too.
With your good attitude and knowledge of where to go from here, you will reach your goals.
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TREE57 6/13/2013 11:34PM

    Make sure to get all your protein! That has made a huge difference in my weight loss. When I don't achieve my nutritional requirements, the scale doesn't move.


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HOTPINKCAMARO49 6/13/2013 11:19PM

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It is more important to measure how you FEEL now .. then to measure by pounds. Like you said ... "and then when I don't expect it to drop it finally does".

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A Great Family Day

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today was lots of fun. We had my daughter and granddaughters over and my two granddaughters are here for the night. The girls swam in the pool, we had a healthy dinner, played games, watched a movie and in general had a wonderful family day. We laughed, joked, and shared experiences together. That's the best kind of day ever and I was healthy enough to enjoy it! My husband worked, but joined us later in the day. These are the kinds of days we reap by living a healthy lifestyle.

Hug your kids and grandkids and enjoy those special days together. That's what it is truly all about. Maintain your health to allow yourself to enjoy each precious day!

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    You are so blessed to have your loved ones near by so you can do this. It sounded wonderful

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RIGEIN24 6/13/2013 9:44PM

    emoticon Such an important message we need to be reminded of now and then. Thank you!

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CALLIECURTIS5 6/13/2013 6:33AM

    I sooooo love those times. Our 16 year old grson still loves to come over and "chill". He isn`t here as much as his brother (age 11) but he comes when he can. He will spend the night a few times a year because he is so busy with school, etc,
. He does not drive, yet,but I do believe when he does that he will be by to visit. We are so blessed.
Thanks for sharing your day with us. Did you get pictures? Would love to see them

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Changes I've Noticed

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Spark Coach suggested that I blog about any changes I have noticed since coming on board. I have lost 4 lbs. since I started the weight loss program, and 2 of them on this site. The changes, however, that Spark Guy was referring to are any changes other than the dial on the scale.

The first thing that I noticed about 4 days after starting the program and actually exercising (OMG that was a huge change) is that I had more energy. I got up feeling so much better than I had for a long time. The second thing that was noticeable was that my sleep is more sound. Yes, I am still getting up in the night to use the restroom but I do get a much more restful sleep than I used to. Then probably the next thing I noticed was that my skin and nails are improved. My skin seems more hydrated and my nails are growing faster and are stronger. What's that about? But that's the case. Lastly, only in the past few days I have noticed my clothes seem to fit a little looser. Not a size change mind you -- just a looser fit to my jeans which is kind of nice.

So maybe some of you are noticing changes as well. If so I would love to hear about them. Also, I think the most important thing is that I have a hopeful attitude now that I have not had since I first retired. I felt like my health was out of control and would just go downhill since I was out of the workplace where I was quite active. But that has all changed and I now have a hopeful and optimistic attitude thanks to Spark People and all of you! So thank you for that. I appreciate it more than you know!

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    Really positive blog. Love the changes you noticed.

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RIGEIN24 6/13/2013 9:49PM

    Good that you take note of the changes! I experienced basically the same ones. As for the skin and nails, that's probably what better nutrition did for you. I love the extra energy most of all!

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SHADOWGHOSTY 6/11/2013 6:25PM

    Way to go!

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    You're doing a great job sticking to the program.
You are a person that is going to succeed as they say in the SS book.
After 2 weeks you are still going for the gold and have not given up.
I went swimming today for the first time since the pool opened up this year.
Last night I got my suit out and tried it on and I was too big. I have lost about 15 lbs. since the last time I wore it. I called my sister and went to her house at 10:00 pm. and borrowed a suit from her to wear today.
Keep up the good work and I'll see you on the SS site.

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BJPENNY70 6/11/2013 4:36PM

    This is great. I am so happy you found Sparkpeople. It is so helpful and the Spark Community is wonderful. If you have a problem or a question, just ask, somebody out there know something about it. I have been with Sparkpeople since November 2011. The Nutritional Tracker and Fitness Tracker has been very valuable to me. It keeps me honest and on track. I lost from 336 pounds to 218 before getting sidelined with a serious illness. I was off track for about 5 months. I gained 29 pounds back, but I am working on getting that off and back to where I was before getting sick. Then it is on, baby. I am going for the gold. You can do anything you set your mind to. Success is yours with the help of the Sparkpeople Community, coaches, and all the things that are available to live healthy. Exercise does make you feel better and sleep better. As the pounds drop, your whole body feels better. Something to look forward to as you meet you goals and good health to boot. Congratulations, on you success! Keep going! emoticon

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MTAL203 6/11/2013 4:21PM

  Good Job! It is nice to notice changes - much more than numbers on a scale. I have also enjoyed other benefits like No more acid reflux at night - that was a BIG improvement, and no more IBS - another great thing. . .and a silly benefit - it is now easier to paint my toenails during this "sandal season" -- Wishing you all the best - keep up the great work!! emoticon

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A New Streak...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Spark Coach has recommended I find a new challenge so my new challenge is a streak that says I will do at least 10 minutes of exercise 5 days per week. As I am already working out, I figured I could easily add it to the list. I want to be careful to keep my goals and expectations realistic because I need to be in this for the long haul. I don't have a lot of weight to lose (20 lbs. at this point) but being a sixty something means that my metabolism is sluggish no matter what I do (exercise, etc.) and that means the weight is coming off very sloooooooooowly! So, this is likely to take a while and I will need to prepare for consistency.

That said the streak of 10 min. exercise is fine and in line with the work I already am doing! It is even another reinforcer which is fine.

Tonite I made teriyaki tofu which I uploaded to Spark People recipes if anyone is interested. I make it gluten-free of course to keep my food allergies pacified. Don't even get me going on that one -- another time perhaps. It's already 11:44 p.m. and I am too tired so will sign off for the night as I am trying to get more consistent sleep for this journey. Another good thing about this program. By the way, has anyone else noticed their skin and nails improving? What a nice surprise!

Keep on eating healthy and moving the body tomorrow -- make it a great day!

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