Saturday, January 26, 2013
I love the plate method of eating. It helps me to design my meals. Because I don't work at this time, quick meal preps aren't and issue. But I am hoping that soon I will be able to return to college and I will need quick meal planning then. I think my favorite one will be the tuna, rice and vegetables/fruit. It would also work for canned chicken. I could do a steamable rice with steamable vegetables for a warm comfort food feeling. The ideas could be endless!
Monday, January 21, 2013
To start I want to share my weight history. The most rapid gain was in 1992. Feb 1992 (already at the heaviest wt) I weight 160 LBS I was placed on medicine for depression and by Nov of the same year I weighed over 230lbs. I struggled and struggles to lose weight and yo-yo'd between 200 and 230. In June 2010I weighed 223 lbs. and was told I needed back surgery. I had two disintegrated discs and the broken pieces of bone were putting pressure on my spinal cord. July 2010 I had surgery on my back and couldn't do much activity. After six months of physical therapy I attempted to re-enter the work force. My previous position as a nurse was terminated because I could not be released for lifting greater than 30 lbs. until the one year mark after my surgery. Unfortunately I did not have a degree from my nursing school, just a VOC TECH certificate. I became very depressed and January 2011 I weighed 240 lbs. Summer of 2011 I weighed 246lbs and couldn't play outside with my grandkids without getting winded. I tried the Adkins diet for a couple months with little results, I was down to 235 in August 2011. In Nov 2011 I had routine blood work plus a thyroid function test based on regaining of weight and weight was 246 again. I was placed on thyroid medication and was assured I would lose some of the weight. In Jan 2012 I weighed 245 lbs, some weight loss! I decided to try over the counter Ali and began to see some weight loss from the pills and the diet plan that went along with the pills. March of 2012 I weighed 223 and was so excited that I was loosing. Then Ali was off the shelves. The drug stores couldn't keep it on the shelf! So, with out it I regained weight and exceeded previous weight I weighed 235 in June 2012, weighed 240 August 2012. Weighed 245 in November 2012 and then I weighed 253 in December. I just didn't understand it. My doctor kept saying I had to cut back on my eating, but I wasn't really eating much. He set me up with a dietician in Jan 2013 and at that Meeting I weighed 258. She gave me a little information saying she wanted me to consume 1550 calories a day. In that I was to eat 11 carbs, 6 meats, 5 fats and 3 vegetables. And I received a sample diet plan. Well, I was at a loss. I had little practical knowledge on way of diets go. I wasn't a label reader, I wasn't a vegetable or fruits eater. For me lunch consisted of half a brick of cheese and crackers with diet coke on the side. My husband would comment on my being a nurse "I should know this stuff!" It's different telling a patient follow this 1800 calorie meal plan, or telling them the best way is to get up and get moving! Yet I never applied to myself.
So, here I am today. I started my journey to a healthier me on Jan 14. I have Joined a gym, Bought some fruits and vegetables, and joined SparkPeople! I have lost 3 lbs the first week, I exercised 78 minutes today! and I feel great! I know I couldn't have done this with out Spark People!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
My ultimate goal is to lose from my weight of 258 LBS a total of at least 80 LBS by ten months from my initiation into my SparkPeople program, which will be October 14, 2013.
I will accomplish this goal by meeting the following mini goals:
1) I will attempt to maintain a daily diet of 1550 calorie per day and maintain 50% carbs, 30% fats and 20% proteins.
2) I will consume 8 glasses of water each day. Each glass will be 8 oz.
3) I will perform at least 30 min of exercise at least three times a week.
4) I will maintain and complete daily, weekly and monthly tasks per my SparkPeople and Spark Coach programs utilizing the continual expert and community support to the fullest.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
After my back surgery two years ago, I haven't been physically active until recently. I feel I am making great progress. I am up to 30 minutes at 3.0 mph on the treadmill. But my feet want to go faster. Well, I have several concerns about my 50 y/o body that keep me from taking that next step and begin jogging. I'm really concerned about pain in my back with the impact of running. I already feel some jarring with a brisk walk, will it be far worse? Will I hurt so bad that I won't even walk on the treadmill. Should I just wait until I can go longer with the walk and then go on to running when I am in even better shape? And what about this stress thing and my bladder. If I try to run, what will my bladder do? Am I worying about nothing and making myself nervous about something I shouldn't think twice about? When you have been a couch potato for a couple years you don't see excersise like all those healthy folks I see at the gym. This is something I will have to think about alot more. Maybe just walking for longer periods of time is better for now.
Friday, January 18, 2013
I am a new member and I am new to this blog thing. It took me several minutes just to get started. What I really need to talk about this new food (What did they call it?) Oh yeah, FRUIT! If it isn't and apple, orange or strawberry I don't know it. I don't know how to prepare it. I don't know how to cook it, (does it need to be cooked?). What does it taste like and how would I use it in a meal or snack? While looking over some flavored water (can't picture me drinking that plain stuff), I saw some weird yet cool combinations; BluePom (I guess some one coloured their dog and bottled the shampoo water?!), there was a strawberry kiwi (how did they catch that little bird like thing from New Zealand and put it in a bottle?), the list goes on. I am not making this up. I truly don't know what some of these are! My 22 year old daughter laughed and corrected the dog and bird theory, so you don't have to worry about trying to make these flavors at home! But then I took this new information to my local grocery store. I saw what a pom thing is, but what in the world would I do with it? How do I get in it? What could I use it for? And a kiwi, it looks like the egg of a kiwi bird! Do you eat that thing? ANd I am sure there are other fruits out there that I don't know about. And I won't go it the weird vegetables I saw! That will be another day. But, really folks. I want feedback on these new foods. I feel if I can use these things you all say are good for me, I might find this weight loss road a little less scary. Could you? Would you help? Thanks. I got the impression you are a good group of people!
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