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Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm actually really happy today. I've gained 0.6 lbs!! And while that's a step in the wrong direction (my goal is to lose weight), I'm shocked and really happy, because this month has been incredibly tough on me. I've been eating terribly out of laziness, sadness and stress and I had expected this morning's weigh in to show that I'd be at least 5 lbs more than my last weigh in (which was probably about a month ago). I don't have to start from square one, and I'm so thankful for that. I think this is telling me that even in tough times some of the habits I've taught myself are sticking around. On that foundation, refocusing on health will be much less of a challenge.

There's bad news too though. My mother has been having many health issues recently, and I am constantly worried about her. She also struggles with her weight, but is suffering from non--weight related health complications as well. I talked to her on the phone a few nights ago, and she is waiting for a test which could reveal something very serious that I'm scared to even mention right now. While I'm worried about her, she actually expressed concern for me and my sister's health. I don't want her to have to worry about us, and I feel even more motivated now to make sure I'm changing my lifestyle for the better so that my mom will have a little more peace of mind.

Well.. .every time I feel like I'm figuring things out in life, I get more surprises. Some good and some bad. I'm thankful to be able to ramble on about things on spark and have so many kind and encouraging people around for support.

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

  
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LINDAK25 7/26/2014 10:06PM

    Your weight gain is really what I'd call maintaining. Not so bad, considering. I'm sorry you're having a difficult month. I sure hope your mom's health improves. Life can be so hard sometimes and we need to learn to handle the stress without food. It's just such a hard thing to do sometimes.

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UMBILICAL 7/26/2014 1:51PM

  True

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Rough Month

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I've had a bad month - health wise and other wise emoticon

Looking forward to coming back to Spark, getting on track, and maybe even getting life back on track.

Hope all of you are doing well!

  
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LINDAK25 7/23/2014 7:33AM

    Hoping August is a better month!

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VEGGIE_ADDICT 7/22/2014 8:16PM

    Glad you're back and I hope things look up for you!

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GRANDMABABA 7/22/2014 8:14PM

    I wish you much success on our journey. I've had a great past four weeks, but extremely over scheduled so am paying the price right now. I will bounce back and move forward. We can do this!

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THEEXERCISER 7/22/2014 7:29PM

    Good luck you can do it!

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Happy Sunday

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Good morning!

I hope everyone is having a nice relaxing weekend. For my fellow Canadians emoticon , Canada Day is coming up on Tuesday, so it's kind of like a long weekend? And for my friends in the States emoticon , I'm sure you're all looking forward to a long weekend next weekend for July 4th. Happiness and celebration all around!

Here are a couple of positives from my week:

-I found a wonderful market 3 blocks from work which has a big salad bar and a great selection of produce. I was there three times this week and it's so relaxing to take a walk on my lunch break and pick out some fruit and veggies for snacks and a nice big salad for lunch. This is perfect for me, because I'm in the habit of buying my lunches instead of packing them (bad me!), but this gives me a much healthier option than the food court.

-As a result of discovering this market, I've been much better at getting in my daily fruits and vegetables (one of my goals that I posted a couple of weeks ago).

-I've been (mostly) getting in my 10,000 steps a day. I was loaned a pedometer from work for a step counting challenge, and it's really made me conscious of how much movement I'm getting in during an average day. I'm more active than I thought I was, but I'd like to push for a little bit more. We have to send back our pedometers tomorrow, but I'm considering buying one for myself so that I can keep tracking.

-I've lost another 1.5 lbs at my last weigh-in. Starting back on Spark I was hoping for 2 lbs a week, but I'm averaging about 1 lb a week. I'm still happy with this, since it is a step in the right direction. And I have a feeling I know what changes I need to make to get my goal of 2 lbs a week (ie. More activity, less sugary snacks at work - yeah, that's been a problem this week).

I find a weekly blog has been a good strategy for someone like me, who is overwhelmed by big changes and big decisions. I will usually blog once a week and reflect on what changes have been positive, and what challenges I should try to overcome next. In this way, I've been reevaluating as I go, and changing my plans to fix any issues I see. Adding new goals every week allows me to build piece by piece on the work I've already done.

This week I'm setting simple goals because I know my week will be hectic:

1. Limit sugary/sweet snacks (especially at work this is an issue).
2. Maintain healthy eating throughout the week, even with a crazy schedule.

Well, wish me luck.

Have a wonderful Sunday !!

  
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LINDAK25 6/29/2014 8:07PM

    Wow, sounds like you're doing great! I think small goals are definitely the way to go. You're plan gives you great flexibility--an absolute necessity! Congratulations on your weight loss.

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Lots of lessons learned this week.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A couple of things that happened this week have really made me think twice about what I'm doing, and it's time for me to try a new strategy.

The first thing was my doctor calling me for some blood test results, which put a scare into me. My father was diabetic (Type 2), and my mom is now prediabetic and working on her diet and exercise to help. They were testing me because of this family history. Fortunately I'm not at the prediabetic stage yet, but my numbers were high enough that my doctor wanted me to work on it so that we would see better results next year. I'm so happy that my high numbers have been caught before they get too high, and now I need to work on getting them down. Cholesterol was the same story. High numbers, not as concerning right now, but I need to work on decreasing them.

Lessons learned: To help my cholesterol I need to pay closer attention to the Fat content in the foods I'm eating (and particularly Saturated Fat, is what my doctor told me). I also need to be more careful about the carbohydrates and sugars I'm taking in to help with my diabetes risk.

The second thing was that a few times this week I've made myself feel very sick by trying to go without food for too long. Sometimes when I start watching my diet I'm thinking only about calories and how to decrease them. I end up eating the same kinds of food as usual, but in smaller quantities and not as frequently. This worked when I was younger, but is no longer sustainable. This week, in as little as four hours between meals I was starting to feel nauseous, my vision was blurry and I felt like I was going to pass out. I told my doctor about this too, and she said I just need to eat smaller meals, but more frequently.

Lessons learned: I need to bring more healthy snacks to work and eat them throughout the day. I think making better choices for my meals will also help this problem. I don't necessarily need to eat less - I just need to be smarter about the nutrients in my diet.

So I feel a little silly, because most of these things (watching fats and sugars, eating smaller meals more frequently) are common knowledge and I've heard all these things before, but I get overwhelmed by the amount of nutrition information available out there and I tend to block everything out for that reason.

Anyway, that's been my week... it was a little more stressful than usual, but I'm grateful at the end of it to have an opportunity to make things better.

Hope you're all doing well!! Have a great Sunday everyone emoticon

  
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LINDAK25 6/22/2014 6:45PM

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EDEACONTX 6/22/2014 11:20AM

    emoticon You're aware of what your doctor has told you and how you're body is responding. Thats good you're listening to your body, thats a great step to take! Sounds like you're on the right track.
Smaller meals more frequently 2-3 hours seems to be working for me. emoticon emoticon

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BEACHGIRL328 6/22/2014 11:15AM

    Good for you that you are smart enough to start taking better care of yourself!

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Time to Re-evaluate

Friday, June 13, 2014

Well... I've had an exciting week, full of celebrations. It's been wonderful, but it's definitely thrown me off track. I wouldn't say I splurged this week, I have tried to be smart in my food choices. However, with eating more meals out than usual it has not been possible to accurately track calories.

These past couple of days I've been hungrier - feeling more of an urge to snack, craving things that I haven't been craving for weeks. Maybe it's because I started my week with a few days of extra calories. Maybe it's the stress of work. In any case, it's time to take a look at my eating habits and figure out how to improve on them. And since I've discovered that posting my goals to my blog makes me more likely to follow them, here is what I intend to do this coming week:

1. Stay in the mid-lower range of my daily calories.
2. Add more fruits and vegetables to my diet. For now I will aim for 3-4 servings, and will increase the goal when that becomes habit.
3. Drink at least my 8 glasses of water per day, consistently.

I hope I can succeed at all of these. After a week of accomplishing these I'm sure I will start to feel better.

To change the subject, my stair climbing is going great! It's been 3 or 4 weeks now of taking the stairs every day to my office on the 5th floor, and finally I'm not gasping for breath by the time I make it to desk. It's a small improvement, but it makes me happy!

That's all for tonight. Thanks for reading. Hope you are well!

  
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LINDAK25 6/14/2014 2:25PM

    Glad you had a fun week! Great plan--those small steps really do build good habits. Whew, 5 flights of stairs and not out of breath? Fantastic!

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JUJUMILLER 6/13/2014 10:59PM

    Great job on the stair climbing!

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Keep up the good work!

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KATELJM 6/13/2014 10:59PM

    Midori, I have found that I have also had to build up to the recommended fruits and veggies. Water has also been a challenge for me.

Congratulations on your stair climbing! That is an important accomplishment. Your are building endurance.

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