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The wonders of WATER & EXERCISE!

Friday, March 27, 2009

In the past few days I've come to the realization how vital these two things are in addition to a healthy eating program!

First of all... I'm amazed by how much better I feel when I get my minimum of 8 cups of water in each day. I'm finding that my body actually needs closer to 10 cups per day in order to feel my best. I'm assuming it has to do w/the fact that I'm already so overweight. My guess is that as I slim down I'll be able to adjust to just 8 cups per day. For now, though, my goal has been 10 cups!! Considering that I LOVE beef jerky and we all know how much sodium is in jerky... it is probably a good thing that I'm doing the extra water!

I've also started working out using the "Walk Away The Pounds" DVD (Leslie Sansone). I found it on ebay for $3 + $3 shipping!! You can't beat that! :-)

I started out walking 1 mile for the first 2 days and then moved on to the 2-mile walk for the past 2 days. Ouch! 2 miles is really pushing it, so I think I'll continue to alternate between 1 & 2 miles. I look forward to eventually making it to the 3-mile point, but I don't see that happening any time soon. I've never been a fan of exercise, so I really don't want to push it too hard and burn myself out. Slow and steady wins the race, right?! :-)

Today I feel fabulous. I did have a very high calorie & high fat breakfast from Hardee's, but I had a 3 hour house cleaning to do today. I've learned from my mistake in the past of not eating enough calories and then running out of fuel midway through my day, so this time I made sure to get the bulk of my calories in before hand! I wish I had been able to prepare something at home to eat, but I overslept this morning (a new side effect that I'm blaming on the new exercise my body is getting used to!) and literally had about 20 mins from the minute my feet hit the floor to get ready & out the door, LOL!

But the good news is... I managed to stay within 20 calories of my limit today!!! (1530 calories) Yay!!

The only thing I was lacking today was protein. I think I was 22 under my minimum. The problem was that I couldn't think of anything that would still keep me within my calorie or fat limits. That's something I need to work on. It's amazing to me how many protein calories our bodies need each day. My eyes have been opened to the fact that I was definitely WAY low on my protein and WAY high on my calories and fat each day! No wonder I've gained all this weight...

I'm loving this new lifestyle, and the nutrition tracker is vital for me right now. Otherwise I really have nothing to go by, and I really hate following a "diet" book/program! SP rocks!!

Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope you all have a WONDERFUL, BLESSED, and HEALTHY weekend!!!!

  
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JAYJAY44 3/27/2009 10:16PM

    Girlfriend, you are on a roll! Reading your blog makes me feel good! Hubby swears he can get the old VCR to work. I'm giving him through the weekend. In the meantime I've been walking. Today I walked twice for a total of 90 minutes and yesterday, I even walked in the rain! Keep up the good work, you inspire me!
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My daughter is in the hospital...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My special needs daughter has been hospitalized since Monday night. She had a 103F fever and became quickly dehydrated. It is Wednesday and we are still here, probably for another day or two, her fever finally broke this morning so things are looking better, Praise God! We are just waiting on her urine culture to come back (sometime tomorrow) so we know if she's got a UTI or if this is just viral.

Anyhow, fortunately I am able to access the internet w/my laptop here in the room, which totally rocks! I've been able to track my nutrition, water, and exercise daily. Yay!

Although I have not been able to get in much in the way of veggies while here, I have been staying within my limits, which I am THRILLED about!!! I can honestly say that this would be the first time EVER since my triplets were born that I've managed to eat this way during a hospital stay!! Typically, I eat whatever I feel like and end up going home a few pounds heavier, bloated, and just generally not feeling well. :(

The time here alone with my daughter has really given me a chance to look back on my old eating habits, the way I handle(ed) stress, etc. I've come to a real eye opener... I would have to say that 99% of the weight that I've put on have all been during the times that one or more of my triplets were hospitalized. At one point my daughter was in the hospital for 6 weeks straight, and I believe I gained a good 10-15 pounds in that period alone!!

So let me tell you how freaking AWESOME it feels to be in CONTROL for a change!!! Not allowing myself to become overwhelmed by the stress/worry of it all and instead turning those feelings into chances to make HEALTHY CHOICES!!!

I've been snacking on apples, peanut butter, lots of ice water, and Slim Fast Optima Bars that I've come to love.

I can't believe how strong I've become in just a week!!! Wow! I know that if it weren't for SP and all of the new friends I've made on here for support, I would have sunken back down into that dark abyss! I had been an active part of SP for exactly 1 week before this hospital trip. I can't thank God enough for directing my paths to this place and to all of you for support.

Thanks & God bless! I'll post again with an update soon....

  
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_FITMAMA 3/28/2009 4:25PM

    SO SORRY to hear you daughter is sick and in the hospital. I know how difficult it can be! Please know she is in my thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery!
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JAYJAY44 3/18/2009 6:50PM

    I am so sorry to hear that your daughter is ill. I pray that everything will be OK with her. God is good and especially love little children!

Congratulations on maintaining your new lifestyle through all the stress you must be feeling right now! Stress can really do a number on us, if we let it, but you seem to be keeping things under control. I'll watch for the update on your daughter and on your continued success. God bless.



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This is PAINFUL!!!!!!!! But I'm keeping it REAL:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy Saturday, SP friends!!

As you can see, I've gotten over my fear of sharing a picture of myself in a bathing suit!! I almost did a shot of me in my bra & undies, but hubby wasn't to keen on that idea, lol! He also wanted to be the one to take these pics of me so he knew what pics were going up. He's not crazy about it all, haha - I guess I should be flattered that he still thinks I'm beautiful and attractive and doesn't want to "share" me with the world wide web! LOL, so I've made my spark page private. At least I hope I did!

So friends, here I am at 210 pounds. I may be a pound or two less than that now that I've been following SP nutrition tracker for a few days, but I don't want to weigh myself until I've been on here for a week!

I'm so ashamed that I've let myself go this far. There really is no excuse! But I'm holding my head up high from this day forward. You will never see this much of me again!! There will be less and less of me to come.

Thanks for your love and support!

  
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MIDNIGHTBREW 3/18/2009 3:13PM

    Thanks, girls!! emoticon

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_FITMAMA 3/16/2009 5:16PM

    Congrats on getting past the fear. You need to have a before shot so you can compare. Can't wait to see the progress pic!
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JAYJAY44 3/14/2009 11:22PM

    We're blessed to have husbands who think like that but I try explaining to mine that it's just something I feel I must do for myself. That's a great color on you!

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Dinner & Movie Date... Wish me luck!!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Tonight we are going out with our pastor and his wife for dinner and a movie.

At first my hubby had chosen Ryan's, our favorite buffet restaurant. When I learned this I asked him if we could do another place instead! I have such a hard time resisting those dinner rolls!! So he let me make reservations to another place - a little more spendy, but at least not buffet-style. I've been trying to save calories for tonight. I plan on having the Ribeye steak, boiled shrimp, and big healthy salad! I'm sure I might go over a bit on the fat and calories, but at least I won't be doing starchy carbs.

Wish me luck!

Thanks to all who have visited my blog so far.

  
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KAW626 3/14/2009 10:59AM

    You were smart not to go the buffet route. That is tough for any dieter! I hope you had fun.

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Sacrifices...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tonight I gave up a HUGE sacrifice.

For me, that is....

Every Thursday evening we have a small group Bible study/meeting with a few couples from our church. We alternate between each others' homes. I absolutely LOVE this time of fellowship, good coffee, and treats... I look forward to it all week long.

A few hours before it was time to leave I realized that I was already feeling really tempted to eat some sweets (I was even drooling over recipes in my cookbooks, LOL), and I could just tell that I would end up over-eating big time tonight. There are always my favorite temptations; donuts, chips, chocolate... those kind of treats. So I pretty much decided last-minute that I would stay home for a change. I know it might seem like a weird thing to sacrifice, but I just couldn't face those temptations tonight. I don't feel like I'm "strong" enough yet - you know?

So I stayed home and enjoyed some veggies and fruits and lots of ice cold lemon water!! It really did feel like a nice treat. It gave me time to reflect and plan for next week. I've decided that next week I will be sure to save up some of my calories for the day in order to enjoy some "treats" later in the evening without feeling guilty. I think I will stay away from the donuts altogether, though. 1 always leads to 2, and sometimes even 3...

Already I have beautiful visions of putting together an elegant fruit and veggie tray to bring, and I'm thinking of making a sugar-free version of the black & blue cobbler I love so much.

Most importantly, though, I am going to start praying daily for God to give me the strength and encouragement I need each day to make healthy choices. To say yes when it's ok, and no when it's not.

Yes, Spark People rocks, but God is the one who really empowers His people and arms them with what they need to succeed!!!!!

  
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JAYJAY44 3/14/2009 11:18PM

    I, too, made that same type of sacrifice and 17 pounds later have not regretted it. God is good! I will join my friends again but right now I just want to concentrate on learning how to make good choices no matter where I am. Contributing a fruit and veggie tray is a great idea!

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VILLAINE 3/13/2009 4:29PM

    It's SUPER hard at first to resist that kind of stuff. Of course, taking a fruit or veggie tray is way more expensive to take than a batch of brownies, you know? It will get easier to resist that stuff, I promise. We have such bad food at work and sometimes it's very hard to resist. I have one cheat meal a week and during that meal, I can have anything I want - no leftovers, though and it really seems to help me out. Knowing I can eventually have something really "bad" for me helps me know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You know, you could also try making brownies with applesauce instead of oil and egg whites to reduce the calories - or make a fruit bowl to take out of canned fruit. You'll find something irresistable that you can eat and others will love too!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/13/2009 3:57PM

    well done.you say you were not strong enough to go to the bible reading but i thing by not going you showed your true strenght.it was stronger of you not to go than it would be to go.i used to have the same dilemma on a wednesday morning when i go to the international women´s meetings here which is held in the morning´s with everybody bringing homemade cakes or biscuits to share.but i am not as strong as you and have to make wednesday´s my no diet day.that day i no longer diet and i don´t have to feel guilty if i overindulge because of it.

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LUCKYONE69 3/12/2009 11:33PM

    I agree that you did give up a little thing but in return you had so much more. Do not get me wrong Bible Study groups are great but what you had was unselfish time with yourself. And I am sure that does not come along too often if you are like the rest of us. emoticon

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