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I Did It!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I've been avoiding the long walk since I started on Spark People. I finally tackled it today. It's three miles, with some hard hills. I've avoided it because I usually can't walk without taking the twins, my four year old twins that together weight 80lbs. The morning was beautiful, and I decided to get out before getting on the computer. That was a good choice. It took me 53 minutes. Going uphill was a great workout. I kind of did lunges. I even jogged here and there, mostly downhill. It was easier to go faster with the stroller than to try to hold it back.

I can't believe I made it! I still have energy to finish my workout with my weights and stretching.

Have a great day everyone! Thanks for keeping me motivated!
Chris

  
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ANEILSON 4/23/2010 7:17AM

    Feels great doesn't it. Way to go! emoticon

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TLROYER 4/22/2010 2:59PM

    That's a great exercise...adding an extra 80 pounds to your workout! Have a great rest of the day. Terry

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KOSHIE1 4/22/2010 1:55PM

    You just did a 5 K! AND lived to tell the tale! Who'd a thunk?

Woo HOO!

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TSABONIS 4/22/2010 1:49PM

    i love "free gym" AKA, the outdoors :)

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TSABONIS 4/22/2010 1:49PM

    i love "free gym" AKA, the outdoors :)

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/22/2010 12:13PM

    Great job!! Have a wonderful day!!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/22/2010 11:46AM

  Woo Hoo!

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THEQUEENBEE333 4/22/2010 11:44AM

    AWESOME! GO YOU! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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PRESHA911 4/22/2010 11:43AM

    Awesome job! You inspired me to give it my all during tonight's workout. :)

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My Husband's Revelation

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Half way through my work weekend, I remembered that Brian went to the doctor on Friday. That means he HAD to step on a scale. I had asked him earlier in the week what he thought his weight was. He said 265, I was estimating at least 275. Well, I forgot to ask Brian about that until he started accusing me of shrinking his clothes. First was his dress shirt, we were getting ready for church. He was complaining about the sleeves shrinking. I said that I thought that was the same shirt he complained about before and that it's no smaller. He then started saying that maybe the dryer wasn't working correctly. Next came the dress pants. He couldn't find any to wear. He again started accusing me of shrinking his clothes.

"Honey, I wash your dress pants on cold and hang them up in the bathroom to dry. They are synthetic. They don't shrink."

"Oh...."

Then I asked about the doctor's visit. Not only was his blood pressure high, so was his weight. 288. This is the biggest he's ever been. He's finally realizing he has to do something about this. I remind him that I want him around a LONG time. He says that he wants to be around a LONG time.

Today he's buying some "fat" jeans. I reassured him. I had to buy fat clothes too. No point in being uncomfortable and stressing over having no clothes to wear. We both want to be one of those couples that combined loses over 100 lbs. So far I've lost ten, so we're 10% of the way to that goal. I'm so glad he's finally coming around. I just wish he'd stop accusing me of shrinking everything. emoticon

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 4/21/2010 3:53PM

    Sounds like he is coming around. Have a great day!

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DJ4HEALTH 4/20/2010 10:36PM

    He has been watching too much tv because the is what one commercial about losing weight does for her clothes. She ask a friend for more quarters and when her friend ask about her clothes not being dry she says that she needs the quarters so that she can shrink her clothes because she lost weight. I really do wish that they would stop running that commercial because you can not shrink the clothes that much like she wants them. I am talking about inches not the usual shrinkage.

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TLROYER 4/20/2010 5:47PM

    I'm glad you are already showing him how it's done and have been inviting him to join you. These men can be stubborn but I'm glad he realizes it's time. Keep encouraging him! Good luck. Terry

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SHELLKAYE 4/20/2010 5:16PM

    I'm glad to hear that he's coming around on this. We have no one to blame but ourselves for our weight gain, but I've too been blamed my hubby's weight gain also. It's either I don't wash them right so they shrink or my favorite that it must be my cooking eventhough I don't force feed him nor do I make his decisions while he's away from home.

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/20/2010 4:52PM

  "Stop shrinking my clothes" - why didn't I ever think of that? emoticon

Seriously, keep the path and walk with him as he goes through this self-discovery - you will both have to work hard but it will be worth it!

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/20/2010 4:04PM

    That is good to hear that he's starting to come around to realizing he needs to do something. And it's funny that he's accusing you of "shrinking" his clothes! But seriously, he needs to want to do this, so make sure you don't push too hard. He will get there!

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KOSHIE1 4/20/2010 3:34PM

    That's good advice! Remember that he has to do it himself -- you can't police him. Trying to police him will just make both of you angry. NEVER say anything at the dinner table. You may remind him at other times and place that you love him and he can ask you anytime for dieting advice or other help.

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ELSEEBEE 4/20/2010 2:18PM

    Hang in there! For years I've struggled to try to lose weight while watching my DH eat everything in sight and never gain more than a pound or two! But since I've started Spark, he's become my biggest advocate and now he compliments me on my appearance, tells me how much he loves my cooking, and tells everyone how good he thinks I look! (He never did anything like that in 43 years of marriage!)

I suspect your hubby is where I was in my relationship- knowing you're overweight and watching your partner lose or not need to lose much. It makes one very defensive! I found so many excuses to NOT lose weight. It was so easy to "never" order dessert- I just ate a few bites of my husband's! Keep doing what you're doing and take good care of yourself. Be supportive and encouraging of your husband, but realize HE has to decide to change his lifestyle and join you in the journey to better health. Hopefully, he'll wake up soon and decide to do something about his weight. Bets of luck in your journey to being healthier!
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TONYROSEN 4/20/2010 2:13PM

    After going through several years of accusing my wife of "shrinking" my clothes, I had a heart attack at the ripe young age of 43. While in the hospital, I was weighed (duh) ... on a 5'-11" frame, I was up to 260-ish (264 to be exact) and a size 46 waist.

These days (a year and a half later), I weigh in at around 193 and wear a size 36 (and, they are getting a bit lose!).

It can be done; but it is eye-opening.

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Weekend Update

Monday, April 19, 2010

It was an interesting weekend, to say the least. Friday was an okay evening at work. Saturday was kind of weird. Our computer system got an "update" that took six hours. Since we knew about it ahead of time, we were pretty organized. Our technology pharmacist is awesome. He was there all day and evening Saturday keeping an eye on things. It's hard running a hospital without computers. I can't imagine how they kept track of med orders before them. I was scheduled for an eight hour shift, but the computers came back up around 9:30 pm (I usually clock out at 10:30). I ended up staying till after midnight to get orders caught up. Sunday went much smoother. All and all, not a bad weekend.

I ate well all weekend. I bring all my meals and snacks to work. I turned down free pizza again. I heard everyone else complaining later about their stomachs. The sausage was a little too spicy.

I'm tired today, but doing okay. I'll take it easy this morning, but will hopefully exercise later. I got in one workout over the weekend. I went on a 50 min walk with my 10 year old daughter. We were in our small town walking on the sidewalks when I heard two terriers barking. They came from about 1/2 a block away down an alley. Somehow I had the sense to face the dogs. They kept a few feet away and snarled and growled. I had my hand on my pepper spray, had Mary back up across the street slowly, and I followed, slowly. My husband was supposed to file the police report since I had to go in to work. He didn't get around to it. I absolutely HATE how people don't keep their dogs on leashes or chains. Their are a lot of walkers in our town of all ages and far too many irresponsible dog owners. One of my best friends was attacked last year by a dog. That happened in another town, but I can sure imagine it happening here.

Well, that's my weekend in a nut shell. Hope to get off to a good start today.
Have a good week everyone!

  
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SHELLKAYE 4/20/2010 7:49AM

    emoticon You did awesome this weekend. I know what you mean about the dogs in town. I live in the country so our dog is free to roam, but he is also older and a lover. He goes up to stangers (garbage men, schwan's man) and just greets them without a single bark. We love him. We also don't have traffic down our road except for a few farmers and our closest neighbor is almost a mile away. I used to live in the city and I would drive out of my way to walk on a trail instead of my neighborhood because of the dogs. It seemed that they would come out of nowhere and ready to attack, luckily they were on chains, but I it still scared me.

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TLROYER 4/19/2010 1:55PM

    Doesn't it feel good not to have a too full stomach or a pain from too spicy food. Congrats on eating well. I don't even like walking past dogs in fences. That sounded too scary. Glad everything was ok and you got away. Have a great week. Terry

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GGMOM06 4/19/2010 10:51AM

    emoticonI too have dogs come out after me when i walk and i have screamed so loud i scared the dog emoticon then i went home and called our animal warden. I believe she had a talk with them. emoticon on running,iam 66 and tried it but it really made my bone spurs(hips)act up,wow did i hurt for 2 wks. emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/19/2010 10:33AM

    That brings back memories of running down my parents sidewalk and 2 dobermans come out of nowhere. I start screaming no at them and back up across the street. The lady from across the street came out to see if I was okay. Terrified but okay. Needless to say I went back home to calm down. People need to be more respectful of others concerning their animals. I'm glad you and your daughter were alright. Sure takes the fun out of exercising. Have a great week!

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/19/2010 10:25AM

    Great job on eating healthy over the weekend! Glad to hear that you were able to avoid a major event with the dogs. We live out in the country, so our dogs are usually out, but we try to keep an eye on them if somebody happens to be walking or running by, or pulling in the driveway. They are usually pretty friendly though! Have a great Monday!

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WILLOWBEEZ 4/19/2010 10:19AM

    Wow that sounds scary with the dogs and all. I hate it as well that people don't leave their dogs tied up or fenced in. I have a dog and although he's friendly I understand he scares people.

Well you sound like you had a very busy weekend. Congrats on keeping up your walking and turning down the pizza. That would have been very hard for me. I live on pizza. emoticon

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Headaches

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thank you everyone for your concerns about my headaches. I have a history of migraines, usually only when I'm pregnant (nope, not pregnant now). These headaches lately have been different, not full blown migraines, no aura. I keep a log of my medications and symptoms. Now, on SparkPeople, I also keep a log of my exercise and food.

I have adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. There's a chance one of the medications I'm taking for the adrenal fatigue may be adding to my headaches. I also have insomnia, and some of my headaches are brought on by fatigue. Because of my migraine history, I also think hormones play a part, especially with the timing of my headaches. I'm pretty sure my eating habits are fine. I've recently increased my carbs a bit, and I've eaten like this a long time without so many headaches. I carefully pay attention to my body and eat frequently to keep my blood sugars up. I've pretty much narrowed it down to one of my meds, florinef. I'll have to talk to my doctor's office to see about weaning off.

Thank you again for all the well wishes and prayers. My Spark Friends make getting through rough times a lot easier.
Chris

  
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TLROYER 4/15/2010 9:22AM

    Take care! Hope you can figure out what's causing the headaches. Terry

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LOSETONEED 4/14/2010 9:09PM

    Headaches are no fun, especially migraines. My mom had them and she would suffer so much. Hope you get to feeling better. Take Care--Terrie
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MUSICMOMOF2 4/14/2010 4:51PM

    Keep us updated on what you find out. I know what migraines are like. Hope the rest of your day goes better.

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/14/2010 4:41PM

  Good Luck - talking to your doctor is the best path, especially if you think it's one of your meds (which is a pretty good working theory)

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The Difference Between My Plan & My Husband's

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My kids reminded me of some funny differences between my wellness plan and my husband's. They wanted me to blog about it, so here I go.

Brian: "Visualizing exercise" Me: Actually exercising
Brian: Donuts to carb up before biking Me: I do the low carb eating

Well, these are the only two "funny" ones. It really isn't too funny at times. He is trying to change, and I remind him to take baby steps. Here are some other differences:

Brian: Doesn't sleep well, naps a lot
Me: I don't sleep well, sometimes. I usually don't nap, but still have the energy to get through the day, including exercise.

Brian: Feels sick ALL the time.
Me: I have good days and bad, but again, I have the energy to get through most days, including exercise.

Brian: Feels weak and gets winded quickly.
Me: I haven't been able to do a bike ride yet that actually challenged me physically. My workouts usually include 30-35 min of cardio, weights and stretching.

Brian: Loads up on caffeine and junk to get him through the day. He is improving a little. I did talk him into an apple on a couple of occasions, but his usual is junk and caffeine still.
Me: I've been sticking to my low carb eating pretty well. Even when we went on a date, the one beer just put me 1 carb over for the day. My cravings are way down, which is why is wasn't so bad avoiding pizza and dessert all weekend. I also haven't had much coffee this year, which is saying a lot for a pharmacist. I changed to green tea in 2010.

Brian: Struggling to find clothes in his closet that fit. He has no idea what his weight is. He thinks 265, I'm guessing at least 275.
Me: I'm down 10 lbs and fitting into clothes that stopped fitting a few months ago.

I love Brian dearly, and I keep reminding him that I want him around a long, long time. So, he is starting to try. I'm making his lunches now, but I do see in the checkbook when he goes through the drive thru. He swims a little every night. I hope to get him out on little walks too, or even bike in the evenings to build up his endurance, slowly. He also helps me a lot when I feel weak. He tells me "no" when I need him too. He used to talk me into the bad eating.

I joke with him that we'll see at the end of 2010 whose plan worked better, "visualization" or "actualization". I have a feeling I'm a good bet for coming out on top!

  
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FREELADY 4/18/2010 7:41AM

    You have a beautiful page and a delightful family. Love your creative, expressive writing!

One thought . . . have you considered whether your husband might have sleep apnea? The sleeping poorly/napping constantly/low energy cluster is often due to this issue. I have SEVERAL good friends who found tremendous relief after being tested and now using a breathing mask while asleep. This can be very important for good health & safety also.

Thanks for a very enjoyable blog!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/14/2010 10:29PM

    At the beginning of starting my journey, my husband was frustrating me immensely. Now he realizes what I'm doing is helping me and it has inspired him to exercise with me and try to start eating better. It took time but he's a huge help to me now. Just keep setting a good example and encouraging him like you're doing. emoticon

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ASMPP1 4/14/2010 10:48AM

    emoticon Keep on going! He will come around eventually. Mine now eats whole grain pasta and rice, veggies, and some fruit. He gets sick on fast food or doesn't feel well after eating out. We do that a lot less, because of him and our budget.

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THEQUEENBEE333 4/13/2010 5:05PM

    He will only change when he decides its what HE wants (my husband is the same way- thinks carrying a few loads of laundry upstairs is cardio), but it sounds like he is making some managable changes for him now, and thats a start. Good job for encouraging him. Have a great week.

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TLROYER 4/13/2010 4:11PM

    That's too funny that your kids wanted you to blog about it :) Just keep doing what you are doing and stay consistent. He'll come around. Take care. Terry

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SHELLKAYE 4/13/2010 2:45PM

    Men are thick headed and it may take some time for him to come around. My problem with my hubby is that I use portion control and move more, but he can make just one teeny tiny tweek and he looses more weight than me. It just burns my butt somedays when I work so hard at this and the pay off seems so slow. Keep up the good work. Your husband won't change until he is ready. If I remember, I think a while back you blogged that it was hard to get him to exercise with you. Well, you have made progess, he is swimming and thinking about wanting to be healthier. Hopefully with the warmer weather it will help him feel better and come around. I wish the best of luck to you on this and I wish that I knew a way to help you get him to come around. Take care and remember that you are doing great.

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/13/2010 1:26PM

    He'll come around. Just the fact that he's "thinking" about it is a good sign. He just needs a little bit more motivation. Have a great day!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/13/2010 12:58PM

  Keep it up and keep chipping away at him....your progress will help him to come around!

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29ANDHOLDINGON 4/13/2010 11:43AM

    Wow - you just described me and my husband. I have to say that my husband is inconsistent, but is at least lifting weights now and I can get a piece of fruit down him every once in a while - I add extra vegetables into what ever dish I am making in hopes that he can get some nutrients in him. He is a coffee and nap junkie. I drink the green tea. The only time he gets spam or something of that nature is when he cooks it on his own now. He gets sick every time he eats fastfood - you think that would teach him. He is making baby steps and I mean baby steps, but I guess it is better than nothing! Isn't the saying "behind every successful man is an intelligent woman" hmmm - what would they do without us? :) emoticon

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MZLADY77 4/13/2010 11:41AM

    Good! Keep up what you're doing and your husband may follow you one day! Don't be surprise! emoticon

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MYCUTEGIZMO 4/13/2010 11:36AM

  LOL your really funny..

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