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Family day

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Every sunday my family gathers at my mothers house for sunday dinner. My two sisters and I take turn bringing the meal for all.

Well I find it hard to stay on track when I am with my family. They always have dessert. They are getting better about the vegitables and fruit. Today there was a salad, but they didn't have fat free dressings. The main course was corn and clam chowder. It was very tasty and I was still hungry when we were through eating. I desperatly wanted seconds but no I couldn't. They did have brownies for dessert. I ended up with ranch dressing (not fat free) and a brownie (not fat free). I thought my diet was blown way out. I almost had an anxiety attack thinking of where my meal numbers would be when I was done.

Well, I guess I didn't give myself enough credit. My daily total was only 41 calories over! I thought it would be a couple hundred over! And I walked around the mall for over 30 min. so I did get a little excersise.

I guess after all is said and done, I think I did really good and I am proud of myself. I did get over 8 glasses of water. I did stay within 100 cal of plan. I did get atleast 5 vegitables. I did get 30 min of exercise in. I did crochet 2 hours and started and finished a potholder. I think I did really good! GO ME!!



quick and easy meals

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!


When I decided to loose weight.

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!

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SANDYBREIT 1/22/2013 6:48PM


It sounds like you're doing GREAT ! Take one day at a time, and keep up the good work; we're not looking at a sprint here, but a stroll down the path to our goals. It's been a long time since I've been under 200 lbs, but expect to reach that goal sometime around the beginning of summer, when I plan to buy a bike and get back to biking for fun as well as exercise. Staying active on SP is proving as helpful to me as staying physically active!

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Goal clarification

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.


to run or not to run, that is the question!

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.


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