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Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Well, I am up about 2 pounds over my goal weight. I have done that before, but it's usually back down again the next day, probably due to water retention from too much salt. But it's been stuck there 3 days in a row now, so I can't blame the water or the salt. Truth is, I'm starting to let my snacking get a little out of control. I'm still watching my portions and trying to choose healthy snacks, I'm just eating too many of them.

I'm not going to let that get me down though; I can work on this!
On the positive side, even though my weight is up a little, my waist is 3/4 inch smaller and my hips an inch and a half smaller since the last time I measured myself, so I must be doing something right.

It's been another long week at work; Thursday through Monday were all 3-11pm shifts. For the most part, I felt pretty good at work, but I was sure tired when I came home. Slept ok most nights.

No workout last Thursday; I think I was still feeling worn out from the extra fitness minutes I put in on my last two days off. But Friday I got back into it, doing my Power Mile DVD; also did that one on Saturday and Monday. Sunday I did the Denise Austin Easy Walk, and today I did Leslie Sansone's Walk and Kick.

Most of today I didn't feel good, with pain from my GERD, but since I did my workout, I feel better. If I get my snacking back under control, I'm sure that will help the GERD too.

  
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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/20/2008 7:29AM

    That pic cracks me up, lol. Too cute. I know that you are on your own personal journey so I'm not trivializing it, but I know that most of us would love to be fighting with those two pounds over our goals, lol. You'll be victorious, you can do it!

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MARTHA-ANN 8/20/2008 5:40AM

    Stick with it Shari, you are almost at your goal.
You have done brilliantly with everything you have going on and the changing work shifts.
I admire you. emoticon
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Feeling good about these last two days

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My goal on my two days off work has been for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. I surpassed that this time!

Yesterday I tried a Leslie Sansone DVD I hadn't done before, a 3 Mile Walk which was 45 minutes. Previously, the most I did was a 2 Mile Walk. I had to slow down just a bit a couple of times, and modify a few of the moves, but I kept moving the whole 45 minutes, even though I was tempted to cut it short because I was working up a sweat. I felt good though when I finished it.

With my mowing the lawn yesterday, (it takes me 22 minutes, I timed myself once), I had 67 fitness minutes for yesterday.

Today, I walked over to the Wednesday farm market and back, near my house. Total walking time, not counting the time I was actually at the market and shopping, was 10 minutes. I came home with my clothe shopping bag full of cucumbers, yellow squash, zuchinni, and small red potatoes.

Tonight I went for a 40 minute walk after dinner.

The next five days are all 3-11 shifts. Hate having to get out that late at night, but at least I can get up and eat my meals at the same time all those days. On those days, I will do at the very least one of my 15 minute 1 Mile walking DVDs. On my job, I'm on my feet all day and moving around, so I don't worry so much on those days about getting a longer workout in.

I am tired right now, but it's what they call "a good kind of tired."
I was able to sleep for two nights in a row without having to take my Ambien, and hopefully tonight I won't have to either.

  
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DEUCE119 8/15/2008 12:07AM

    GOOD FOR YOU !! WHEN I WAS IN TREATMENT, I DIDN'T EXERCISE AT ALL. I THINK IF I HAD TO DO IT AGAIN I WOULD TRY. KEEP GOING! emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 8/14/2008 8:31AM

    Congratulations on all your walking/exercise. I too walk with Leslie Sansone! emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 8/14/2008 4:24AM

    Shari,
So glad you are feeling better and getting some good refreshing sleep.
You are doing so well. It must be hard to keep changing shifts all the time, having treatment and sticking to your programme.
I admire you for that.
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Recipe: SUPER DUPER COCOA-RIFIC COFFEE MALT

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This recipe is from the Hungry Girl Cook Book.

SUPER DUPER COCOA-RIFIC COFFEE MALT
makes 1 serving

1/4 cup light vanilla soy milk*
1 TBSP fat free non dairy liquid creamer*
2 tsp malted milk powder
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp instant coffee
3 no-calorie sweetener packets
5-8 ice cubes or 1 cup crushed ice

Put all dry ingredients in a tall glass. Add 2 ounces of hot water and stir until ingredients have completely dissolved. Add ice and 5 ounces of cold water. Top off with soymilk and creamer, and give it a stir. Enjoy!

calories 69
fat 1g
carbs 11g
sugars 4g
protein 2g

* I had to make some substitutions, since I didn't have all the ingredients on hand.
I used 2% milk instead of the soymilk, and 1 1/2 tsp. powdered French vanilla creamer instead of the liquid creamer. Keep in mind that the nutrition info is for the original recipe ingredients.

  


Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I have that song from the Moody Blues stuck in my head for some reason, but it's a good song!

I did get some good sleep Sunday night, though I had to take my Ambien. If I hadn't, I would have been thinking about my problems all night. I felt pretty good working my 2-10 shift on Monday; I don't know if I was in a better mood than usual because of having the extra day off, or knowing I was getting out an hour earlier than usual, and knowing I had the next two days off.

The new schedule is always posted on Mondays, and for August 23-29, I only have one shift that is 3-11, a 1-10, two 12-9's and a 10-6. I was pleased that the 10-6 shift is on Monday, that is the day I usually get my groceries after work, so it is nice that I can that done earlier in the evening for a change. We also have s0me changes at work with the inventory, affecting how we do the stocking. It is suppose to start today. If it works, I think it will be a good thing; it will make all our jobs easier and more efficient.

I tried a new recipe Sunday night for some KFC Popcorn Chicken; they are baked, not fried. The recipe was for one serving, which is 25 pieces, and you cut the boneless chicken into small bite sized pieces. You coat them with seasoning, dip them in an egg white and water mixture, coat them with breadcrumbs (I used panko), then dip them a second time in the egg white mixture and again in the crumbs and bake them. They were good, but it was quite tedious dipping them all one at a time, and then having to turn the little things over halfway through the baking time. I think next time, I will try them using chicken tenders, and just baking them longer. I think they would be even better that way, and you wouldn't need to use as much of the breadcrumbs. I did like the way the panko crumbs stayed nice and crisp in the oven though.

Slept good again last night, without having to use the Ambien. Still didn't get 8 hours, but I'm sure I got at least 7.

It's still cooler than normal out, only in the 70's when I went out and mowed the lawn. The pollen count was high so I had to use my dust mask. I hate wearing those things, but it's better than getting sick from my allergies. Even though it was cooler out, I still worked up a sweat. I think I was a little dehydrated too; felt a little shaky when I came back into the house. I drank some water and had my lunch and I am feeling ok now.

I haven't decided yet if I want to go for a walk outside later this evening, or do a workout DVD. I'll check one of the weather sites later and see what the wind and the temp will be and decide from there.

  
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PATRICIA441 8/13/2008 10:33AM

  Sounds like you are doing well which is great. I am glad you are getting some good sleep at night too. So important for our well being. If I don't get enough sleep I get crazy with my food and don't want to exercise. Not a good combination! Keep on keeping upbeat and positive. It is all about attitude!! Hugs. Pat

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Kind of blue Sunday

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's a long story, so I won't post it here, but I have a friend mad at me, and I really don't understand it. It basically is a situation where you can't please everybody. I'm letting it upset me more than I should. I didn't give it much thought as I was working my 2-11 shift at work yesterday, but when I got home, I was feeling quite sad about it. I'm sure a lot of it was just being tired from work. But anyway, I ended up having a good cry over it, and lost some sleep over it too.

I am off today, a rare Sunday off, so I could have slept in today, but I woke up earlier than I needed too and couldn't sleep because by then my acid reflux was kicking in and I had to get up and eat something. I never really feel that great after a night without enough sleep. I did talk to another friend that knows this person, and that made me feel better, she reminded me that it is not my fault. So I am going to try to put it behind me. I will just leave her alone and give her her space right now. I don't want to do anything to start a feud, nor do I wish her any ill will. I will leave in God's hands as to whether we remain friends or not. I'm not going to spend any more time beating myself up over what I could have done differently.

I would love to get out for a walk today, it is almost fall-like outside, only in the low 70's; but the ragweed is out, and it is windy, and I'm already "sniffly" from my allergies. I didn't really feel like doing a regular workout either, but I made myself do my Leslie Sansone 15 minute Power Mile. I still need to do some light housework and change the bedsheets, so I'll at least get some activity into my day.

Tomorrow I work a 2-10 shift, then have my two regular days off. On those two days at least I will try to get 30 minute walks or workouts in.

To end this on a happier note, I am still getting compliments on my new hair cut. It's really made me feel better about myself and given me a boost to my self confidence. I find myself "walking taller" now!

  
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SAMIKITTY 8/10/2008 6:19PM

    I hate when you have a day off and you just feel like junk... I like to enjoy my days off, with good health! :) Oh well, can't win 'em all.

I am on Prilosec every other day for my reflux. I'm looking to try and drop down to every three days. I've done it before and it worked fine but it's easy to lapse and forget every three days instead of two.

And YAY for haircuts!! That's one of my favorite things to do for myself when I'm in a funk. Helps a ton!

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MDTWEETY 8/10/2008 5:01PM

    I hope you get things sorted out with your friend. It's always sad when a friendship falls apart, but sometimes it's for the best too. I of course don't know about the situation, but I just hope you don't lose any more sleep stressing about this.

The temperature has been so awesome here lately too. That's good but also makes me sad because I take it to mean that summer is coming to an end. Indeed, fall is JUST around the corner. Yikes!

Isn't it wonderful how a new haircut can give you renewed confidence and a pep in your step?? emoticon

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