Saturday, January 18, 2014
I know, big whoop, the sky isn't falling. After doing my usual drift away from SP during my birthday thru holidays lazy period, I was brought back by the 5% Challenge and am ready to get serious again.
The first thing I discover is that I have forgotten how to do a lot of things on Sparkpeople, so my usual routine is taking a lot longer because it is no longer my usual routine. To add to my slowness, there have been changes in the SP design, so things aren't necessarily sitting where I was used to finding them, even in the few cases where I do remember where something was located. However, I know from past screw-up breaks, that it will not take long to get used to things again.
I am going to be bold and not only start my first day back to SP with the 5% Challenge, but I am going to try another "Streak" of a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise and 7 freggies a day.
Well, I am off to my salmon burger on multi-grain sandwich thin, smoothie, and green tea lunch and am toasting my best wishes for success to the Cats' Team and all you beautiful Sparkpersons with a low sodium V8--yeah, this Spark stuff is going to take some getting used to again. Here's praying that God blesses your efforts with much success and good health.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Rhabdomyolysis-doing CrossFit until your kidneys fail and you die.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Saturday is weigh-in day for the 5% Challenge. I faced the scale with no optimism since I have been on one of those dreaded plateaus for three weeks and had totally forgotten how near I am to reaching three of my BIG goals (65th birthday coming soon and I had dreams of reach them by my birthday.)
Surprise, surprise, surprise, I finally lost a pound. Then, I suddenly had an epiphany, went to the BMI calculator, and sure 'nuff, 29.9, so as of today I am OVERWEIGHT, yah! Got that overweight, not obese. I cannot remember when was the last time that I could say that--a looong time anyway.
Okay, that is just a number on the scale, no magic to it, still have a long way and a lot of work between here and a healthy weight, but it means so much to me. I keep saying the non-scale victories are what really matter, but those scale victories sure do feel special.
Get this folks, I am now smaller than the average American woman of my height and age, I have a waistline that measures less than 35", and I am not obese--and with the help of Sparkpeople, I reached those three important goals before my birthday. This has been my happiest day since the magic day that I started my adventures in Onederland. Well, this is shaping up to be a happy birthday to me.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Picked up my copy of my lab results for this year. I have learned ways and habits to add a lot more freggies to my daily diet and was sure that this would be the year that I finally see a normal total cholesterol--but I missed it by three (three!) points.
Well considering I started SP back in 2009 with a total cholesterol of 325 and last year's reading was 219 (LOL coincidentally my weight at that time), I guess I can't complain about a reading of 202--better luck next year. Bring on the oatmeal! The somewhat worse news is that my LDL (aka Lousy Cholesterol) is 18 points too high, but the good news is that it is down from last year when I was 23 points to0 high. The other good news is that my HDL (aka Healthy Cholesterol) is 70, and an HDL over 59 offsets some of the bad news heart-wise (LDL hauls lipids from liver to tissues, HDL Cholesterol hauls lipids from tissues to liver for clean up).
Confession: one of the reasons I expected dramatic results is that last year's readings were done at a time when I was just rejoining SP after coming out of a depression and had spent the previous nine months with no exercise at all and was gettin my lab work after a 41# weight re-gain. This year I was getting my lab work after a 50# weight loss.
More good news--my serum glucose is down from 105 to 86. My triglycerides are down from 120 to 76. My kidneys are doing a better job of servicing a smaller body and my high Creatinine levels decreased from a high 1.08 to just squeak into a high normal of .98, which puts my eGFR (the clearance rate of dirt out of my blood) at an acceptable 71, up from a not so hot 55 (Normal is >59); good news indeed. My blood pressure was normal, although I am on two blood pressure meds, but still it was down about 10 points from last year.
So if I get the LDL down a bit and if nothing else goes wrong (another confession: I get older every year) then there is a possibility that next year I will finally see a perfectly normal lab reading--another NSV to shoot for.
Praying that all you beautiful Sparklers will be blessed with abundant sucess for all your efforts.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
About three 5%Challenges back, some fine Sparkler introduced us to this site where you can plug in your age, gender, height, and weight, and it shows you where your weight falls compared to other folks your age and height around the world:
Since then, I have clicked onto the site episodically to see which country I am in at the moment. Yes, I confess, when I started my first 5% Challenge and was introduced to this link, I started in Tonga, the most obese nation in the world. This week, I finally passed through the United States, and my scale now deposits me in Israel. That means by the end of this Challenge, I hope to pass through 23 nations (there are a lot of countries where the average short, 64-year-old woman weighs in the low 160's, so I will be moving fast if I don't hit another plateau) to Saint Lucia, and if I actually reach my 5% goal weight, I will be in Chile! Of course, I do not plan on visiting every nation in the world, but hope to stop my travels somewhere around The Comoros Islands and stay there permanently.
I hoped that joining Sparkpeople would make me "smaller than I am now" but I never dreamed that the day would come when I could honestly say that I am "smaller than average." Good news for me, but what a sad statement it is for my poor nation that someone who is as uncomfortably obese as I am is still "smaller than average."
I know I keep saying that this struggle is all about the Non-Scale Victories, yet I will confess that I seek out encouraging numbers and find them highly motivating emotionally even if, in a practical sense, meaningless. Another number that fascinated me recently caught my eye when I had to show my drivers license to get my discount at the pharmacy. I happened to think to check out what weight I was claiming to be when I got that license renewal. Yep, indeed I am lying about my weight on my license--it says I weigh 15# MORE than is true!
Praying that all you beautiful Sparklers will be blessed with abundant sucess for all your efforts, and, yes, that includes me.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye
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