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Having A Crummy Day

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Having a crummy day. I had to stop taking Crestor because I'm experiencing liver problems. I had the blood work today. I'll have to see what the doctor wants to do. I really haven't been feeling well for weeks now that I think about it.

I've been working really hard, but lately it's been difficult. Really difficult. I started waking up in the middle of the night in pain. My right shoulder and side hurt so much I couldn't fall back to sleep. I thought perhaps I was overtraining. I have done that before. Exercise was getting more difficult. I had to stop doing push ups and crunches because it hurt so much. Over on Spark Coach, Coach Nicole kept telling me to vary my routine as it got easier. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After 20 minutes of walking I used to feel energized and I would continue. Lately, after 20 minutes of walking all I want to do is curl up in bed and sleep. Well, now I know why. I thought I was going crazy.

Also, I've been somewhat depressed. A friend passed away, another friend's breast cancer has returned. And, then with Thanksgiving I was pretty busy and not really paying attention to what was happening to me.

On Monday, I noticed that I'm losing my hair. Even my husband noticed. That he noticed is pretty significant. It once took him three weeks to notice that my hair was burgundy! Go ahead, laugh. It was funny and rather startling. My hairdresser left the red highlight color in my hair too long so she decided she would just color the whole thing! Every time I looked in the mirror I would gasp! Thank God it wasn't a permanent hair color.

This morning when I looked in the mirror I discovered I was the most unusual shade of yellow. Sort of looks like a tan. I've never had a tan before. I'm one of those people that just get sunburn and freckles. Gee, does this mean I can wear yellow and that strange green shade that looks okay on other people but just looks hideous on me?

Well, I'm going to take a walk and then, probably a nap. Hopefully, I'll be back in fighting form (and my usual color) for Christmas!

  
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EABL81 12/2/2012 11:52PM

    I'm sorry that you're not feeling well. I hope that the doctor has some good alternatives for you to try. It's hard to stay upbeat when you're not feeling well. I'm so sorry to hear about your friends. It's tough when life seems to pile things up on you like that. Hang in there!

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MIDNIGHTER1 11/30/2012 11:51PM

    I am sorry you are going thru a tough time and not feeling well.I hope you get back to form also.Hopefully your physician can give you an alternative that will be kinder to your liver. Don't want that problem. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 11/30/2012 12:32PM

    Yikes! Chlorophyll, honey. Research it. Safe, no side effects, good for cholesterol. Maybe read a few health articles from Hippocrates Institute.

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Santa Threats

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I was singing "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town" to my four year old grandson the other day. I thought he would think it was fun, but he got very quiet. He had this look on his face.
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Well, think about it. The song is a little threatening. Santa knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been good or bad! Kind of creepy, isn't it? Why do we sing these songs to our children? Do we really need Santa threats to get them to behave? No, I never threatened my son with Santa and I wouldn't do that with my grandson. So I was thinking about singing "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," but then he might worry that Santa will get lost in the fog!
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"Frosty The Snowman" is a safe bet. At least he promises to be back again some day.
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Maybe I should use the Santa threats on myself. When those dark thoughts of consuming more calories than I've planned for the day start to linger or I decide I don't need to walk that cul-de-sac with the hill and the big scary dog, I'll just say to myself: NO SANTA FOR YOU!
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BEBOP4ME 12/16/2012 10:12AM

    I sang the song to my 2 girls, mainly for the older ones benefit. After she went to school, my 4 year old came over to me in tears and confessed all her bad things ( which werent that bad) but i guess the song scared her, but not her older sister. I felt so bad, because it wasnt even directed to her! emoticon

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KAREN608 12/4/2012 6:48AM

    When I was growing up in a huge city, a santa was in every store so I soon figured out at a young age he was a make believe thing. Plus my father was laid off often in those years so no money for presents. Of course we went to church so Christmas meant more to us than getting presents.

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EABL81 12/2/2012 11:41PM

    OMG, stalker Santa! Never thought of it that way - lol!

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DESERTJULZ 11/29/2012 2:42PM

    Santa is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. That is SCARY!

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SENATOR9 11/29/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon sound like a plan

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Shoulders Relaxed, Abdominals Engaged!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I have earned the dubious distinction of being able to walk with my shoulders relaxed and my abdominals engaged. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but achieving this has been my obsession for the last four months.

I blame this all on Coach Nicole. I was reading one of her blogs or articles and she mentioned that when walking, your shoulders should be relaxed and your abdominals engaged. Right. So I tried it. I literally laughed myself right off the treadmill. All I could think was, I really can't walk and chew gum!
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So, every time I got on the treadmill I would get to a point where I would consciously consider my stance--was I leaning forward or back; my gait--was I limping, were my strides too long; my step--was my heel touching down softly and was I pushing off with my toes? Then I would check to make sure my shoulders were back, down, and relaxed. And last, but certainly not least, were my abdominals engaged?! See, I told you I was obsessed.
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Perhaps, I thought, it's like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time. But, no. Finally, I did it! I went through my whole neurotic list and got to the end and. . .my abdominals were engaged. Yes!

What can I say, it keeps me motivated. Just keep walking! Engage!

  
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SENATOR9 11/16/2012 12:33AM

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EABL81 11/15/2012 10:37PM

    Good for you!! I'd just end up on my butt on the floor.
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DESERTJULZ 11/15/2012 4:08PM

    Your abdominals deserve a reward. emoticon

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In six months of Sparking I've changed!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I've noticed lots of changes in the last six months of Sparking. I eat better. I exercise. Clothes that didn't fit before, do now. My blood pressure is normal. My depression has gotten better and I'm more positive now. The big thing: the way I see myself is changing, too.

I was cold last night. Well, I'm cold whenever the temperature goes below 73 degrees in the house. It's getting colder and we keep the heat on 68 degrees so I know I'm going to just have to get used to it. Anyway, I put on my Columbia polar fleece jacket. It fits now. It used to be too small. I was standing there putting dinner together and thinking, when this gets bigger I'll be able to wrap it around me even more!

It doesn't sound like much does it? But this was a BIG THING.

This morning I was reading the Daily Spark "Stay Motivated When The Scale Isn't Moving" and I saw this quote: "You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." David Viscott

Every time I weigh myself, I'm amazed that I lose weight. Why should I be amazed? I've been working hard, eating right and exercising. But I was still seeing myself in the same light. You know, that person who just can't lose weight, who sits around and moans and groans about how hard it is.

Last night I didn't say to myself, "IF this get bigger." I thought, "WHEN this gets bigger." I've finally begun to see myself in a different light. I can be successful living my healthy new lifestyle because I am doing just that. My lifestyle is healthy. Mind you, I didn't say perfect. I believe I need to be flexible, not restrictive, in order to succeed. I'm working at it.

My husband is Sparking with me. I know how lucky I am to have his support. He has no exercise issues, unlike me. He's very active, but when he started SP at the beginning of September he was 32 pounds overweight. Last year at this time he was 50 to 55 pounds overweight. Now he has 17 more pounds to go! He told me he'd wanted to lose more weight before his physical last week! (Geesh, I'm losing weight so much more slowly!) He claims that when he sees his weight loss he feels like it's magic. He just follows the nutrition tracker guide and exercises and loses weight. I told him when he started SP to make sure he ate enough so he wasn't hungry. Yes, you lose more slowly, but you feel so much better! He says eating a well balanced diet makes him feel great and is the key to success.

He told me the other day that he could do this forever. I think I could do this forever, too.

  
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EABL81 11/5/2012 9:36PM

    It is amazing to me, too, how well this works. Who knew?
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EZRIN101 10/24/2012 8:28PM

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-J-E-N- 10/24/2012 3:13PM

  How wonderful for you to really feel all your hard work paying off.

xxx

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SENATOR9 10/24/2012 8:42AM

    Great Blog. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 10/24/2012 12:02AM

    I love this, Linda. Especially the closing lines, "we could do this forever..." SP gives us so much positivity in our lives!

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MJ7DM33 10/23/2012 10:01PM

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KATYDID412 10/23/2012 7:38PM

    I'm surprised by the weight loss too. I have tried losing weight so many times before, sometimes successfully, or successfully for a while, only to have all of it and more come back. This time feels different and I still can't pinpoint why.

I'm so pleased for you and your husband, and your successes!



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MIDNIGHTER1 10/23/2012 5:24PM

    emoticon I am happy for the both of you. All that hard work pays off. It works better to be flexable and not restrictive. If you restrict too much it leads to binging or over eating.
Congrats on getting the blood pressure in line and coping with your depression.Congrats especially on the attitude change. that is what lead you towards this path of change.Bravo! emoticon

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My Rant: Grams vs Ounces

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I have started weighing food in grams rather than ounces or cups. Do you know how inaccurate ounces are?! I can fit way more shredded cheddar cheese in that 1/2 cup measure than 28 grams. Hey, more for me! No? How many more calories was that? Around 110?
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I've watched people measure out their food. Some overfill the cup measures, some under fill them. I haven't figured out why you would want to do either. Whichever way you choose, you would be cheating yourself, so you would have too many calories or you'd be hungry!

Okay, I realize that tracking is not a science. Yes, you can weigh and measure your food. Hopefully, you're within a 50 calorie range. The thing is, how do you measure one cup of lettuce? Do you pack it in or place it? Shredded or chopped?
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May I please take a moment to complain (I know I shouldn't, it's on my list of things NOT TO DO) about the SP food tracker? (Not the foods put in by members.) Why can't I measure sweet potatoes, with skin, no salt in grams?! Why is it that some things are listed twice and have different nutritional values?

Okay, okay, I know. It does not have to be that accurate! My concern is that I don't want to be 200 or 300 calories over what I think I ate.
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Oh, and before any of my friends comment on the American system of measurement, don't start. I was reading a recipe for Coronation Chicken (who knew there was such a thing) and it called for one teacup of something. A teacup? Do teacups come in a specific size?
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While ounces and cups are not good measurements for weight, they're just fine for liquid measures. And Fahrenheit is more accurate than Celsius, not that it matters. Just sayin'.

I read several articles that tell you how to measure food when you're out. You know this stuff:

A slice of bread should be the size of an index card -- a 3x5 index card and a serving of meat (3 ounces of chicken) is a deck of cards. Okay, I think I can do these two. Unless, of course, I try to measure the serving of chicken as the size of my palm (see below).

An ounce of nuts is the size of a golf ball -- how big is a golf ball, anyway? I can hold an ounce of almonds in my hand, almost.

An ounce of cheese is the size of two dice. I have dice in three different sizes, which one should I choose?
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A half of a cup is the size of your hand cupped. I have small hands, can I use my husband's hand? His is a lot bigger than mine.
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I do hope that none of you take my rant seriously.
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Well, that is, other than the fact that I really am going to start weighing my food in grams!
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EABL81 11/5/2012 9:30PM

    Too right! LOL

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/15/2012 8:40PM

    Those are excellent points you have brought up and one that I have queried myself with a bland response from one of the SparkCoaches. I would like to see "mls" added as well instead of oz, for fluid.

I also brought up the one of being able to select the veges with 'skin on' as in carrots, potatoes, pumpkin (yes I eat pumpkin skin when it is roasted) because they all have more fibre than peeled.

Kris

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MILLIE5522 9/27/2012 4:45PM

    Great blog! And so true! I try to weigh in grams whenever I can.

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MIDORI_SPARK 9/27/2012 1:08AM

    You are so right. I'm often confused by the ballpark serving sizes. A teacup?? That one is new to me. I'd be so confused by that measurement.

Good for you, starting to weigh in grams! More accuracy = more control. You're going to do great with this!

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DESERTJULZ 9/26/2012 10:33AM

    Your rant may be serious, yet it is also quite funny! Sometimes the truth is quite funny, though!

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MIDNIGHTER1 9/25/2012 9:31PM

    I try to weigh a lot of foods. Some are hard to accurately measure, like you stated i guesstimate on some. The serving of the diced sized cheese cracks me up every time. emoticon

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SENATOR9 9/25/2012 7:55PM

    All good points

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ALANAMEADE 9/25/2012 4:59PM

    All very good points..And you made me smile after a very rough workday in which I used up more calories then intended with a "working" lunch.
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