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Excited for "normal"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Super excited about news I got! My finance just got his approval for his shift change request from the warden!! He is an officer at the prison, and has been working the 2:00PM-10:00PM shift. I work 7:30 - 5:30 so I see VERY little of him. He will now be doing the 6:00am-2:00PM shift. Can not tell you how happy i am to have a "normal" evening! Instead of waiting for him to get off work and drive home, which usually is after he'll be home and we can sit down to home cooked suppers and quiet evenings of relaxing! Never thought normal would sound so great!!!

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MRSTABER 2/12/2014 10:33AM

    OMG! That is soo great! It is hard to be a couple when you never see eachother!

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MARAGRAM 2/11/2014 6:32PM

    That's wonderful! Normal is great!

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Working on the ambulance again

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I have started back on our ambulance service out here. We are a volunteer unit, as is all the ambulance services around our area (very rural part of colorado) I have missed it so much! I took 8 years off while I was raising my daughter by myself, but now I am back in full swing and loving it.
The bad part is, like last night, I got called out around 4:00 and didn't get back into town until after the grocery store closed (the nearest hospital is 30 miles either direction of we have a bit of a travel time for each run). So of course the healthy meal I had planned was not an option anymore. But I did adapt and find an equally healthy alternative after raiding the cupboards.
Also, as part of our benefits of volunteering, after we are done at the hospital we stop at the gas station and grab a "snack" paid for by the ambulance service . It is a nice little something extra and thank you from our board, but I find everyone immediately hits the pop and candy/chips/hot dog roller. I have done really well...always grabbing a water/powerade and a banana (thankfully they have a fruit rack up front....but I feel like I have 3 heads the way the rest of the crew looks at me. I don't plan on giving in, but I would be lying if I didn't say I wasn't extremely tempted...especially when your meal plans are already ruined anyway. Hoping I can keep up the will power and not give in! emoticon

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NEMETZC 1/18/2014 1:16PM

    I'm so glad you've gone back to a job that makes you happy (and what a fantastic thing to do!!!)

Great job on making the not so easy, but most beneficial, food choices when presented with an easy way out.

Have a great weekend!

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Seeing the connection no sleep=overating

Friday, January 17, 2014

Decided to take a couple hours off this morning and try to get in a little extra shut eye. Amazing!!

My finance's schedule is much different than mine so if I want to see him throughout the week my only option is to stay up late and visit for a few mins about our day. However, getting 5-6 hours of sleep is definitely taking its toll. And I am consciously able to see the connection with the lack of sleep and overeating!! BIG TIME! On days when I get little sleep I feel like I am starving all day! Today however the extra sleep has left me rested, refreshed and feeling really good in general, eating my portions has been easy, I don't feel snacky as much and my energy levels are higher too. Might have to make some kind of compromise...nap until he gets home at 11:30 PM and then visit for a bit before I go to bed.

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MRSCLARK 1/17/2014 10:25PM

    it's a fact that you need about 8 hrs of sleep to lose weight and not overeat.

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The struggle of knowing when you actualy hungry

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I have always readily admitted I am an emotional when your happy to celebrate, eat when you stressed or upset to comfort when your bored. The hardest part for me is retraining my brain to know when I'm actually hungry. I am making progress, I find I question myself several times a day "Are you really hungry or just_____?" I have realized that within 30 mins of returning back to work from lunch I automatically want to eat...not sure what that's about...maybe stress? But what do you do then...once you've identified your not REALLY hungry...your mind doesn't just say "O, Okay, never mind" I try to stay busy, and while I seldom give into the urge, it often does distract my thoughts. Any suggestions!?

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JUNEAU2010 1/16/2014 5:28PM

    I either drink water or tea or tell myself that I will wait for 15 minutes. If I still want it after 15 minutes, then I really think about it. The other thing I do is give myself "permission" to eat whatever it is after I do ____. Usually, this is at work, so I finish a task (filing or whatever) and then see if I still want whatever it was. Usually I have lost interest. Sometimes, I still want it and then I have it and I don't feel guilty about it.

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-BLESSINGS- 1/16/2014 5:18PM


You sound just like me... you explained it perfectly... for me... I chew gum... but that doesnt always work....

wishing you all the best ~Debu

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Whew, adjusting to all this water

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

So I went cold turkey on the pop....OUCH...Withdrawal headaches! But I am staying tough, if it were easy it wouldn't seem like such a great accomplishment! 3 days of water/flavored water and I feel like I'm floating, but can definitely feel the body detox is dying down. Yesterday was ROUGH, my body was craving the pop, candy and general crap it was used to receiving ALL DAY. Today, however, I can sure tell a huge difference in general! Fell lighter, much less bloated and bogged down! Loving all the advice in the Spark Solution book, and surprised myself with the recipes...not things I would normally eat, but loving them! Not to mention all the motivation! Have told the negative committee that has always resided in my head to sit down and keep quiet, and feel so great about this journey!!

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MASON_EMKAY 1/15/2014 2:39PM

    KATHY47802, would love the cranberry drink recipe! POXYFAIRYPLUME, never thought about the smoothies...that's a great idea too! Good luck! Thank you both for the support, always great to know you're not in this alone!

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KATHY47802 1/15/2014 2:01PM

    Idea, I've shared this on my page - I make a cucumber/mint/lemon drink that I've really grown used - love the cucumber flavor

I also, do a cranberry drink flush every morning - it has 1 tspn of flaxseed in it - the cranberry water is not sweetened - it is straight cranberry with mostly water I can give you that recipe if you need

Good job!!!

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    Congrats, it's always great to feel great! I am adjusting as well, and the cravings are starting to die down. What helps for me is taking my vitamins and drinking green smoothies. Much easier to drink my veggies than to eat them, cuz I never will! I saw a video the other day that suggests that you crave foods because your body needs nutrients. Your mind turns it into what your fav foods are. You don't really crave that item, you just crave nutrients. I thought it was interesting.

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