Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Had my first physical yesterday since about 2.5-3 years. Yup, been a long time. I haven't wanted to have one as my lab results were so bad with the last one. It was obvious I was getting old and decrepit, and I had been exercising, watching my nutritional intake and losing weight for months prior to that. It was terrible! I continued with the program, anyway, for a few months. I continued to lose weight, but I was hungry - all the time - and going to bed hungry was not a good feeling.
Then one day I checked out Facebook. Isn't that connected with SparkPeople? Unfortunately, my OCD kicked in and I started living on Facebook playing games, adding friends for the games, and sitting in front of my computer. I lost my incentive to regain my health, exercise, and eat properly. After all, wasn't it proven that I was on a downhill slide as are so many as we age? Those lab results continued to haunt me. The doctor has suggested I have labs again in 6 months or so, but I never had the courage to do so. I didn't want the resulting insulin, blood pressure or cholesterol medications. I knew I would get them once I did another series of lab tests.
Fast forward to Valentine's Day this year - 2 weeks ago. I woke about 1 a.m. with a monster headache - not a migraine with the waves that come from it, but a terrible, terrible headache. By 4, I gave up trying to sleep it off, ate an orange and took a couple Advil. I was dizzy, extremely weak, and it wasn't getting better. The long and short was I visited ER, they could find nothing wrong, and we learned (over a week later) it was a virus. Again, I was sure it was a result of my unhealthy lifestyle.
I'm using that as a catalyst, though. I will NOT allow that again! My follow-up with the doctor (during which I had my physical) showed me how foolish I'd been. My lab tests had proven I was doing much better - something I probably would have learned if I'd had the courage to do them again 2 years ago. It's time to pay attention to what's important, and my health is one of those things. I wasn't paying attention to what I was eating or drinking. I've decided to target my refined sugars and pay attention to the quantity of fats I consume. I want balance in my life. I checked into hypnosis, but they seem stuck on weight loss, not balance.
I did come out of my research into hypnosis with good ideas. I CAN do this. I am worth this and WILL do it. I will make time to exercise, even if I don't get all my housework done. I want the grandsons who stay with me every day while their parents work to understand how important it is to be active, not to sit on the computer, play video games, or watch TV. It is also important to eat lots of vegetables and fruit, not candy, cookies, cake, or other sugar products. It may be too cold to be outside a lot, but we can go for short walks. We can also play Wii games with the Wii Fit programs (console and board) my younger daughter gave me when she bought an X-box.
I am now excited to see how everything works, and I'm scheduling another set of lab tests in 6 months to see my progress.
I am so thankful God has kept me safe while I've been wandering.
I am thankful I have a family who care.
I am thankful I have a skillful son-in-law who will be changing the CV joint in my car today.
Are you thankful for anything today?
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Today was extremely busy. I'm so glad I started it out with my regular scheduled. If I'd deferred any until later, it would never have been done! Michelle, Keith and the boys were here for breakfast. Made some goodies using SparkRecipes, and everyone gobbled them up. We gave Sherm his Father's Day gift from all the kids and me - a Charter Membership to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Don't think there was anything that would have made him happier.
The kids returned for dinner - another preference of Sherm's. We had salmon, salad, broccoli, corn on the cob, and Michelle brought some wild rice. Super-good dinner!
Stayed within my calorie range again today and had a good walk this morning with Babe. That makes a full week - 7 days - of doing each as well as drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day. Also finished reading Chapter 5 of The Spark, but haven't finished the online bonus materials, so won't be starting Chapter 6 yet. I want to be sure I get all I can from each chapter, so I've been re-reading them as I go along. Takes a bit longer, but I don't remember everything and occasionally need reminders by reviewing. Saw someone's post that they were always stopped by the completion of the vision collage, so I'm already watching for and collecting pictures from various sources to put that together when I get there. ;)
Hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day weekend!
I'm thankful for:
Father's Day (which was started in Spokane) to honor the important men in our lives
Family to help us find the right track
Time to do all that God means for us to do in this life
Saturday, June 19, 2010
It's Saturday, so no rush, right? Woke up just before sunrise and decided to just sit back and watch it. So amazing! Started my Bible study about 5 a.m. and received a phone call from a neighbor just a few minutes later. We'd talked last night, and she wanted to walk with me and Babe this morning! Of course, since I was spending my morning watching the sunrise, I wasn't anywhere NEAR ready to go. We agreed to meet shortly after 6, though. Already a good day!
Stayed right in my nutrition range (I think). Had to make the best possible guess for some things as we'd met our birthday daughter at Costco and tried some of the samples for lunch. Also picked up nummy produce. Tried to find the sockeye salmon we usually get there, but didn't find it this time. Found some that will work quite well, though, at Yoke's. Hubby wants salmon for Father's Day dinner. Never object to that!
Also, worked out menus until Friday of next week and went to one of the best produce stores to pick up the goodies. Even listed the quantity on the shopping list. Even with good food like that, a person can eat too much and it's not good. As much as I love fresh produce, I'd be right there!
The scale didn't give me the result I'd been hoping for, but that's all right. I'll be below 160 next week, so I don't care. I can already tell there's improvement with the way my clothes fit and the wobble when I walk.
Reading The Spark, I wrote down my values and goals. There isn't much difference from the past several years except I decided to write down my dream. My long-term goals include taking care of my body as God means for us to do, being able to play with my grandkids (and greats) until my life is over, and walking several trails. These include the Cascade Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Lewis & Clark Trail, and hiking throughout the Highlands of Scotland. I've wanted to do those things for many years, but never really worked toward them. They were always "someday I want to ... " There's no reason I can't do this, and I've simply decided I will.
These hikes would not be day hikes. My mid-term goals would include shorter hikes at various local trails, eventually working into weekend and longer hikes. These are going to take some planning and research as well as improved strength and ability on my part. Immediate goals will be daily walks and strength training (probably starting in a couple weeks when I feel my current efforts are stable). One of my immediate goals was discussing this with my hubby as he would be my first choice to partner with me on these trips. I think it would be wiser and more fun with someone else. He's thinking about it.
I'm thankful for:
A beautiful sunrise and day to enjoy
The chance to walk and enjoy the day
One of the best night's sleep I've had in months
Friday, June 18, 2010
That was my feeling this morning (Day 5) when I woke 18 minutes late (I don't use an alarm clock) and did NOT want to roll out of bed to walk! I looked at the clock and closed my eyes again. Then I remember from reading The Spark yesterday: SparkGuy woke one morning and didn't want to do his 10-minute exercise program, but he didn't want to break his streak.
At this point I don't really care about streaks, but when I thought about it (during my walk), I decided that was good. I could beat the last streak I had last year if I really set my mind to it and kept going. I wonder just how long I CAN do it! When I read that first chapter, he said something about competitive behavior. My initial thought was I'm not competitive. I AM when I think about it, although only at improving myself as over past activity.
I did complete my walk along with my normal morning chores, fed the boys, cleaned up the kitchen (a little), and set up the crockpot for dinner (with a Spark Recipe). Then I came online and cleaned up my streaks between activities with the boys. If I'm going to use them, I should have the ones I'm going to use showing up, not everything everyone is doing on each of the teams I have. It's not hard to add more streaks when I'm ready to move on.
Tonight I'll get into Chapter 2 of The Spark. Tomorrow I'll take a longer walk as I won't have the boys and don't have to worry about being home in time for them. Weekends are good!
I'm thankful for:
The weather improving.
My husband home to take Dylan so I have only Ian for a couple hours.
The lowered stress I've had with exercising.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I slept well when I slept last night. My body hasn't caught up with the increase in water intake yet, so I wake a few times at night. At least I'm usually able to return to sleep which I wasn't able to do even last week. I remember when I was following my program for a few weeks before that I slept well each night. I expect I'm reaching that point already this time. I sure feel better with sound sleep at night.
This is my fourth day back on my program, and I noticed a difference in my attitude this morning and energy yesterday. Not a lot; but still noticeable. Also, a minor difference in weight, but I'm not keeping real track of that more than weekly.
Woke a little early, finished my Bible study and set up for my walk. Even Babe responded a little better. She's really been needing this, too. Went just a smidgen farther today than yesterday. Not in a hurry to increase my distance - baby steps at this point. This week (and possibly next) I am concentrating on my water intake, tracking, and my standard walk. I can increase my distance and add strength training once my program is restabilized.
We're having rain showers and cool weather. Makes it good to walk if you can get it done between the heavier showers. Getting up a bit early today accomplished that. Happy, happy! :)
I am thankful for:
Flashlights which totally amuse the boys.
Fresh veggies being eaten rather than tossed at the end of the week.
Rain that is saving money with the water bill.
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