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Comfort food tonight. . .

Friday, December 16, 2011

I ought to start feeling better now that I'm on antibiotics and have some cough medicine for bronchitis.

This morning I'd had enough and decided it was time to get to the Dr, but when I called my PCP's office, I couldn't get an answer. Then my husband reminded me that they'd sent a letter informing me that they were moving. I looked at the letter and sure enough today was one of their moving days. Closed. So I decided to get to the Urgent Care place that's five minutes from my house. No real wait. Had a nice Doc. She was thorough and took great care to look up and determine which medicines I can use while on all the Psych meds I'm on. Since I'm on four, there are few options. The bad ones could cause heart problems if I took them.

I appreciate all your well wishes, I'm ready to get well!

When I was at the grocery store getting my medicine, I passed by things like donuts with Christmas sprinkles (I have a weakness for sprinkles) and I saw Red Velvet cookies (red velvet is another weakness.) I passed them by with some effort. I haven't had much of an appetite, but finding out I had an illness other than a simple cold makes me want comfort food. So instead, I bought myself the ingredients for crockpot chicken stew. I came home and put it all in the crockpot in time for it to be ready for dinner. When my husband came home early from work, I needed to go to the mall so I could give my hairdresser her Christmas card and gift card to Starbucks. Once there, we saw that the food court wasn't too busy. No surprise since it was 3:30. I decided that I wouldn't mind eating some Shoney's Canadian flounder and onion rings. I justified the fried dinner with Oh, I haven't had a fried dinner for over 3 months. And Oh, I haven't had enough calories the past few days. SO I did end up with a comfort food after all. I'll have chicken stew tomorrow and for 4 days more.

I noticed something tonight. The last two times my hubby has ordered a sandwich, he's chosen wheat bread over white! He's jumping on the bandwagon. And he drank water with his meal.

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XRSIZE18 12/18/2011 12:40AM

    Hope you are feeling better!

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_JODI404 12/16/2011 6:27PM

    I really hope that the meds will have you feeling better soon!

That sinus infection I had lasted for 6 weeks! I feel the Dr.'s didn't treat it right, and resulted in 4 different rounds of antibiotics (I HATE them too!!) and then with the last round Prednisone, which I should have had in the first place. It was miserable, and I had almost no fitness minutes that whole time! But what can you do other than take care of yourself, rest, and try to get better!

And I also had little appetite, but always ate to have "gas in my gas tank" as I call it when sick. But I did crave some comfort food. Didn't have much, but Chick-fil-A waffle fries (and chicken soup) may have been the first greasy fast food that I've in several years. (That salt did feel good on my throat though! ;)

Take care, and hopefully you will be on the mend quickly. Rest all you can!!

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Portion sizes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Found a neat link on StumbleUpon today. It shows the comparisons of the normal serving size of foods from years ago, to the current serving size considered normal. It also gives the calorie count of these sizes. Some of the common foods we eat... rather foods we don't eat so often anymore. Check it out. I've never posted a link before so I hope this works!

Someone check it out and tell me if it works for you, and what did you think of it?

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CHAOTICMOM4 12/15/2011 3:13PM

    I looked, it's pretty eye opening. We switched to smaller plates last year, I really believe that has helped our perception.

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/15/2011 2:53PM

  Haven't read the article but I remember going to my favorite chinese restaurant at age 14 and my favorite chinese restaurant today at age 59. The portion size is about 3 times as much. We would eat everything on the plate back then because it was an appropriate meal size. Now I ask for a to go bag and have enough for two more meals.

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    Its an interesting perspective on how everything seems to be super-sized these days! even with the larger portion sizes I find myself over eating more on top of it. I struggle with what's a decent portion size, and when I try to slim down I'm always left wanting more.

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_JODI404 12/15/2011 2:37PM

    Very interesting... and there enlies a lot of the problem!

I am extremely conscientious about my portion sizes!!

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SWAN47 12/15/2011 2:34PM

    Thanks! I know we consume more - plus processed foods.

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LORILEEPAGE 12/15/2011 2:31PM

    well, my link didn't come out highlighted so you can't click on it but its worth looking at anyway.

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Fitness Christmas Present!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'm so excited! My husband gave me a great Christmas present. A pair of asics sneakers. Expensive ones! He said I need them for all my walking...I do! They put a bounce in my step. I can't wait to take a long walk in them. I'm limiting my walks since my cold has gone to my chest and it's hard to breathe. I just walk around the block. I have to get out of the house and get fresh air.

I'm really eager to get well so I can walk more and enjoy my new shoes! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/15/2011 9:06PM

    Woohoo!! :D

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_JODI404 12/15/2011 12:27PM

    Awesome gift!! Hope you feel better soon so you can get out and really enjoy them!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Taking it all in stride...and a surprise!

Monday, December 12, 2011

I may be off from my job with Shirley today, but I'm making good use of my time.

I read a blog that mentioned to squeeze in 10 push-ups at intervals through the day. Today I have on Christmas music. Every time I start a new album, I'm doing 12 push-ups. Up to 36 so far. I'm not doing much exercise since I can't breathe from this cold, so I figured I can do this.


I also finished sewing two stockings for my newest granddaughters to add to our 11 other stockings I hang on the banister. In the pic, the one on the right is what the two new ones look like, and the one on the left is the type I made a few years ago when we had new sons- and a daughter-in-law. I like these satin ones with the fur on the most.

I had some great news this morning when I jumped on the scale! I lost 1.5 lbs! Well, I've had my cold for about a week. All the exercise I've had this week besides the circuit training I did on the afternoon before I got sick, was one 25 minute walk and some walking around the mall shopping with my hubby. Eating has been under control. Keeping under 1400, except the day i walked when i had a little more. Surprisingly I lost weight. I'm surprised and excited, I never lose weight when I'm sick. I hope it's not muscle I'm losing!

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So, when I lose a pound I add a button to my poster. It's my motivational poster I made 4 months ago. The picture doesn't do it justice. I cut and glued words from magazines on it. It says "feeling great" "You keep getting better" "Healthy" "Skinny" "Kiss lost weight goodbye" and "I Shrunk" I glued on a pic of me at an old healthy weight from years ago, so I can have vision for the future, and one of me (and my fam) taken at my starting weight of 161. I left a space for an after picture. There's also a pic of sand and seashells which reminds me of my goal vacations to the beach that I'm taking every 10 pounds, I've gone once so far, and glued a shell from that visit on the pic. So it's a collage.

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YESI1211 12/13/2011 10:31AM

    I too have a vision board from a couple of years ago. I did about 2 of them. I am thinking of doing a new one since the ones I did was a few years ago and being that I recommitted back to this journey about 3 months ago and my ideas have changed I think doing a new one is appropiate. Just waiting to see when I have the time because these projects take time.

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YESI1211 12/13/2011 10:28AM

    LOVE your vision board! You should use it as your background picture so we can see and appreciate it better. 1.5 lbs. gone WOOT WOOT! I hope you recover soon from that cold. I had a cold for about 3 weeks and it was YUCKY! totally got me off track with my exercise but as long as you keep up with what you eat and drink you should be fine.

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BABY_GIRL69 12/12/2011 7:12PM

    Those stockings are beatuiful! Congrats on the 1.5lbs you lost!

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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_JODI404 12/12/2011 5:52PM

    So many great things in this one blog!

1) EXCELLENT idea on the push-ups! I think I will try that. I usually do them on days that I work on abs/core, but I really love the idea of fitting it into the day easily like that!

2) The stockings are awesome!! I love them both! My Mom was a quilter, so I have two stockings that she made for my husband & I that are quilted pattern, and I treasure them.

3) Congratulations on losing 1.5 lbs!! That is awesome!! For me personally, I lose more weight with calorie control than I ever do with exercise. I do my exercise faithfully, but for me -- it's my eating that moves that scale the most.
Hope you are feeling 100% soon!

4) I love your motivational collage poster! You did a nice job on that!

Feel better & take care!

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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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