Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Does anyone know of an easy way to make a weekly food plan? Right now I just log in what I eat as I go through the day, and of course, by the end of the day I have eaten more than I should or not eaten the correct portions of carbs/proteins/fats.
It just takes so much time to sit at the computer and log everything into the food tracker, especially if I were to try to do it for a whole week.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Today, Aug. 5, is my 4th anniversary with SparkPeople. Time to measure my annual weight loss...ho hum.....and see the progression.....yawn..........
Here are the numbers:
2009 194.5 (Big oops!)
For that track record, it seems that I am pretty darn good at losing about 5 - 6 lbs. a year! After 4 years of Sparking, I have lost a grand total of 24 lbs.
Let's take a look at the past year: Do I have more energy? NO. Can I tell any difference in the way my clothes are fitting? NO. Can I see any difference at all from last August to now? Not really.
I know I should be happy. I am losing the weight and keeping it off pretty well, although I do backslide a bit now and then. But I need to lose at least 50 more pounds, so I have to do something to make the weight come off at a faster rate. When I compare myself to others, I am envious that others can lose in one month what takes me a year to lose!
Oh well. Yay me! Another year, a few more tiny pounds gone towards a huge goal. Will I be more successful next year? We'll see.............
Saturday, June 19, 2010
It's been almost 3 weeks since my annual physical, and I am getting a mixed bag of results. Guess what's happening to me is "normal aging"... I hope!
I was referred to the city's Joint Assessment Clinic for my painful knees. Surprise, surprise, I have arthritis in both knees and both feet----but this was diagnosed back in 2001. The assessment highlighted that I have dislocated kneecaps and some bone spurs. The treatment is physio, a brace for my right knee, ice packs, and Tylenol. In other words, put up with the pain, it's there for life. No further tests, no MRI, no arthroscopic surgery...just come back when the pain is so bad that you cannot tolerate it any longer. I guess it's a good thing I have a high tolerance for pain. (PS the wait time for knee surgery in Ottawa is one year!)
The more disturbing test was my ECG. (EKG, for those of you in the US) I have always had a normal reading, but this time I showed a couple of "blips" that weren't there before. Ischemia is the suspicion. But then, the doctor said it could just be a "false" positive, too, and nothing to worry about. I had a blood test to see if there is inflammation of the heart, and I am being sent to have an image done with nuclear medicine. I couldn't do the treadmill test as my knees are too bad!
So, the fact that I didn't lose any weight between my last two annual physicals is really not important. I will be a little more settled when I get to the bottom of the ECG results!
Monday, May 31, 2010
Today I had my annual check-up, although it had actually been 18 months since my last one! Where does the time go?
I have lost another 1/2 inch in height.....now I am 1.5 inches shorter than I used to be!!!
But the worst part of all, in the past 18 months since my last checkup, I have not lost any weight at all...NONE....in 18 MONTHS......18 months of dieting and exercising, and nothing to show for it.
Of course my family jumps in with, "well, you haven't gained any weight in those 18 months, so that's good." BUT NO, THIS IS NOT WHAT I WANT TO HEAR!
For me, losing nothing in 18 months is FAILURE. I am a big failure.....or as the kids today say it, EPIC FAIL.
This tracking, tracking, and more tracking, is supposed to be about losing weight. The only thing that will mean anything to me is if I lose weight. The goal is to lose weight. So, as usual, I cannot make my goal, no matter what I do.
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