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Food, Illness and work

Sunday, December 11, 2011

We went to a pizza joint for dinner after my hubby picked me up from work tonight. We got one piece of pizza to share and a meatball stromboli to share. I ate my half of the pizza, but only had 4 bites of the stromboli. Well, since I have a cold, I'm using it as an excuse to not finish my food. Maybe it's not an excuse, it's pretty true that food doesn't taste as good and I get full fast. I'm not thinking about food all day; having to make myself eat. I wish this problem would continue after my cold goes away. It wasn't my idea for dinner, not a very healthy option for the night. I can't even say I enjoyed it. I have probably had pizza 3 times since starting SP 4 1/2 months ago. It has lost its hold on me. I don't crave it any more.

The job I worked today is my 15 hr/wk job at Hallmark which I enjoy very much. My other part-time job, 12 hours a week is being a companion and driver for a 90 year old woman. I've been with her on and off for 5 years. It's an easy job, fun at times, and I get paid for my time to just be a friend. She's a very with-it spunky woman.

But the last two months she's had laryngitis to a degree. For two weeks she wrote everything down instead of talking. and after that, when her voice didn't come back, she strains her voice and I have to do her talking for her whenever we interact with store clerks, or her 94 year old husband who lives in assisted living. I have to repeat what she says to him because he can't understand her and her hearing isn't too great, and he talks softly, so I also have to tell her what he said. I have begun to feel very weary of this and was considering giving up the job.

What I probably needed was a break, to just get away from it for a little. Then I got this cold. Secretly I've been excited to be sick,just to get that break. Because she won't have me around her when I have the least sniffle I've not gone over there Wed and Fri. I don't want to expose her to anything either. She and I always email each other. She always signs it LOVE, SHIRLEY. She's usually very encouraging and tells me how good I am and how much she appreciates me, but since she can't talk she doesn't waste words on such things. It began to seem as though she didn't appreciate me anymore. Maybe I've become too dependent on her kind words, but for two months she just complains, and it's started to drag me down. Since I haven't seen her for a few days, she seems to be realizing that she doesn't want to lose me. She sent me an email that said she missed me and misses seeing my smiling face, to hurry and get well.

I'm not well yet, and I've heard this cold that's going around lingers for a while. She knows I'm not coming on Monday, and I bet I won't be back on Wed either. When I go back I'll be ready and refreshed to deal with it.

I weigh myself on Monday mornings and I'm a little afraid that i'll have gained since I couldn't exercise much this week. I have kept my eating under control. I hope I just maintained. If not, I'll get it worked off as soon as I have the strength.

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REMARAHAB 12/11/2011 11:10PM

    Get well soon!

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_JODI404 12/11/2011 11:04PM

    Really hope you are feeling better soon!! Even if it is giving you the side benefit of some time away from a job you are not enjoying at the moment... it's still just awful being sick!!

Take Care!! Sending positive, healing thoughts your way!

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Party went well!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Doing pretty good, my cold is on the downswing.

Last night, I went to a birthday party after we took my mother-in-law to Cracker Barrel for dinner. I don't have much appetite so I ate very little. This is a good thing because I didn't work out that day. I didn't quite reach my calorie goal.

I saw a lot of friends that I haven't seen in a year. It's kind of a strange thing that I went to this party, but it was for an old friend who I used to be close to. She turns 50 today. The reason I haven't seen these women for a year is that I left their church. Not on bad terms with any of them, so that part wasn't awkward. This is a pretty tight knit group. I felt welcome. I really miss these people. Has some nice conversations and enjoyed myself. I felt more confident in myself because I am close to God and knowing he loves me is all I need to feel confident in life.

I wasn't tempted to graze at the table out of anxiety as i would once have done. So I hope this trend continues throughout this party season.

It made me feel great to have two women say out loud in front of the whole group as we were sitting around watching Patti open her gifts,"You look great, Lori" and one of them said it again about 10 minutes later!

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_JODI404 12/8/2011 12:45PM

    So glad to hear you are conquering the cold!!

Glad you had a nice time at the party, visited with dear friends, and triumphed over the food table!! Way to Go!!

Those compliments are so wonderful to hear!! My boss just noticed my weight loss this week, and gave me several nice compliments. She seemed surprised she hadn't seen before... but was quite complimentary.

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KARIDIAN1 12/8/2011 10:05AM

    Sounds like you had a great time!

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What do I do?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

What do I do?

I just started a cold last night.

I've heard that you don't exercise the first few days of a cold, unless you feel up to it. Not to exercise when you have a fever. But in general there's no harm in working out when you have an upper respiratory infection. Anything below the neck, don't exercise. is that what you've heard, too?

What do you do when you have a head cold?

I have such a hard time not exercising for a few days, but my husband believes I should cool it for a few. I really don't feel up to exercising, is that ok?

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_JODI404 12/6/2011 11:33PM

    Hope you feel better soon!! I do not exercise when I am sick. I take my food down to a low level for being 100% sedentary and rest, and sleep as many extra hours as I can.
If your body doesn't want to... don't force it. That's my 2cents.... but you're a smart cookie, so I know you will figure out what is best for you!

Take care and feel better! Tons of water & tons of rest!

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JUST2MUCH2 12/6/2011 9:44PM

    Someone mentioned taking medications for your cold. I'm assuming they meant OTC medication (over-the-counter). Please check w/your meds provider if you are taking any medication, esp. psych meds before taking any medications, even herbal ones or supplements as they can interfere w/the effectiveness of your current medications or have a bad interaction.

Just call your meds provider to double check before taking anything not prescribed!



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BABY_GIRL69 12/6/2011 9:01PM

    It depends on how your head is feeling. I would do something light but get your rest. Don't push yourself int doing something that will make you worse...

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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HDHAWK 12/6/2011 7:35PM

    Listen to your body and rest if you need to or do some easy exercise. Keep your food in check and a few days won't hurt.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/6/2011 4:11PM

    One extra thing to bear in mind - if you take any medications for the cold they can have effects on your body. The one I quickly see mention of is decongestants, which can increase your heart rate. Working out, and increasing it more, could mean your heart works extra hard and you end up light-headed.

The other thing, of course, is respect for others. Heading to the gym means potentially spreading germs on every surface you handle and into the air, and if you're at a contagious point, that's not very nice.

So be as active as you physically feel you can be. Maybe that's just getting up and walking around the house rather than hiding under the blankets all day. (And if you do end up in bed most of the day, do note that your BMR is based on normal levels of activity. Eat well for health, but keep the calorie range more in keeping with being completely sedentary that day.)

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MARTHASPARKS 12/6/2011 2:58PM

    Listen to your body. Rest some and get better. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/6/2011 2:48PM

    Completely okay to rest if your body doesn't feel up ot exercise. I've pushed through illnesses before and made myself worse, and you don't want to go through that! Take a few days to recover, drink lots of liquid, and only get back to the exercise when you're ready. Take it easy!

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JQUIBELL 12/6/2011 2:42PM

    As long as you feel you have the energy, go for it!
But if you don't, take a couple of days off and jump back in refreshed when your energy returns.
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FLAXEN 12/6/2011 2:37PM

    I would listen to your body - take a day or two until you feel better, but just get right back to it after you feel better. Hope you feel better soon!

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Dragging today

Monday, December 05, 2011

I have felt draggy again today. I think I am starting a cold. I did walk in the morning and also did my circuit training DVD this afternoon. It's not good for me to get sick because my one job is being a companion/driver for a 90 year old woman. I can't expose her to illness. I've always loved this job but lately I'm bored with it and am having a hard time putting my heart into it. I guess if I have to take off work for this cold, I won't mind at all. That is, if I am really getting a cold.

Hubby and I had our weekly date tonight. I find I've started automatically asking for the whole wheat roll for my sandwich. I also have hung on to the mayo in my Firehouse Hook and Ladder sub, but tonight I tried it without and it was pretty good. Saved myself a couple hundred calories that way. After we ate at the mall, we walked around for an hour and did some decision-making about what to get for our children and grandchildren for Christmas. We didn't buy anything yet, but we got a lot of ideas.

Tomorrow is my swimming day. I hope I feel well enough to go.
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CALICO_CHLOE 12/6/2011 11:23PM

    Good job on the sandwich, especially when you arent feeling well

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MISSLISA1973 12/5/2011 9:05PM

    Get well soon!

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POOKASLUAGH 12/5/2011 8:50PM

    I hope you're not getting sick. :(

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_JODI404 12/5/2011 8:19PM

    Hope that you are not getting sick!! Take Care!!

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Reality check. . .extending estimated date for final goal weight

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Dragging today. I just realized i didn't have any protein for lunch. Only Tomato Basil Bisque Soup and a tomato/cucumber/red onion salad. That's probably why I'm dragging.

I enjoy keeping track of my food and exercise on my iPhone App for SparkPeople. I usually have accumulated over 25 points before I even log in to this site. So first thing that pops up is the bonus spin wheel. Fun!

Today I finally got real about how slow I'm losing weight. I'm doing as many workouts that I feel i can in a week, and eating the lowest healthy calorie range. But I lose only about a half pound a week. I'd started out with my goal weight reached around mid February. But it's taking twice as long, so, I entered my info again into my app and it turns out I may take until at least mid May. At least that is Spring and I'll be able to shed all the bulky clothing of winter and show off my new trimmer self. I may even be able to buy a new one-piece swimsuit with the racer back, The kind I can't wear yet. I wear board shorts and a tankini top. But May sounds so far away. In the scheme of things, that really doesn't matter because this isn't like a diet that ends when the last pound is lost. It's become a way of life and I just happen to be losing weight as time goes on.

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_JODI404 12/4/2011 8:21PM

    In the big picture, Feb / May ... not a big difference to me at least. (Speaking only for myself.... I know we all want results!!). I don't believe in timelines, but it's fine if it works for you. I just believe in making the right choices, doing the right thing, and letting the results come whenever they will. Sometimes it's snails pace, and sometimes it's so fast I can't figure out how it happened! Even though it's supposedly calorie in/ calorie burned simple math -- it is deceptively mysterious when it comes to that scale.

I just believe in doing the work, and also trying to focus on all those wonderful NSV's.
Quoting from one of today's Sparticles: "Even if the scale isn't budging, that does not mean that you're not making major progress toward losing weight and getting healthier. You can lose inches, get fitter, gain lean muscle mass, drop body fat, become better hydrated, look better and feel more energized without the pounds budging at all.. Remember that the scale tells you only one thing: the total mass of all your body parts at a given moment. Don't put too much stock into it.

You are so right -- It's a lifestyle!! And you are doing great! Hang in there, that crazy scale will show you the numbers you want as long as you keep at it! Keep on Sparking and don't be discouraged. I KNOW you can do it!!

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HDHAWK 12/4/2011 8:18PM

    I know what you mean. I swear I can't seem to get started because I feel like it will take so long to lose. That's kind of silly considering the first time I lost this same weight it took 3 months to lose 28 lbs. Not too bad in the scheme of things. At least you're losing and are more likely to keep it off because you're losing slowly.

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