Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I don't know for sure why I had a car accident last Thursday, but I know the Lord had a reason for it, and it wasn't so I would get hurt. I have a broken sternum and crushed T12 vertebra. I just got home from the hospital today, and I have to wear a brace for at least 3 months. My head is still spinning from all the changes that have taken place.
I cannot work for at least a month, doing anything. I cannot drive, bend, stoop, lift, take a shower standing up, or be upright at all without this brace. I am thankful to be alive, and trying not to feel sorry for myself right now.
Anyway, there is a young lady out there who is alive today with only minor injuries because I was where I was when I was there. I am not happy to be in this situation, but I am thankful someone else is alive today possibly because I was "in the way," lol. I choose to believe this is the real reason the Lord allowed me to be in this accident. Please pray for me to have patience to deal with my limitations and make as complete a recovery as possible. I don't know how much I'll be on sparkpeople yet, because I don't know how much my back will let me sit.
Right now I'm in a lot of pain and I need to be lying down. Thanks in advance for your prayers and support while I put my life back together!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I read a good blog from JAEBYRDFROGDIVA this morning, and she encouraged all of us to blog about our plans for October. . .so here goes!
I have been gradually getting my balance of nutrients in line, and in October I'm going to continue working to cut back on the fats in my diet. I have the carbs, protein, and overall calories in line for the most part. Those pesky fats are the only thing that have thus far refused to toe the line.
I am making small changes, because I ascribe to Flylady's "babysteps" principle, and it works for me. So, October is officially dubbed "baby fat steps" month for me!
I'll try to blog some about things I'm doing, but I don't get a lot of blogging time so it won't be daily. I've been using my nutrition tracker, so I'm going to start by reviewing my intake and looking for suitable lower-fat substitutes for things I eat regularly. I've already been doing this in September, and I've started losing weight again. The fat numbers aren't dropping significantly yet, though.
If anyone else out there is attacking the fat monster in October, please let me know so we can compare notes and help each other tame it! Well, I've got my handy lunch sack packed, and it's time to get myself ready for work and get out the door. Everyone have a wonderful Sparkday out there :).
Special thanks to JAEBYRDFROGDIVA for the suggestion to do this!!!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Okay, I've been doing this nutrition tracker thing since January, and I've gotten to where I can stay in line most days with my calories, protein, and carbs. . .however, the fat seems to be a struggle. I know I'm not getting as much as the tracker indicates, because I'm cooking the fatty things (like turkey burgers) on a foreman grill that drains off most of the fat as it cooks (anybody know how to estimate the actual fat content in those things???. My biggest struggle is that the things that have protein usually have fat as well. I am still losing weight, but very slowly. I'm sure the fat thing is contributing to my other factors (fibromyalgia and other health issues and mega life stresses).
Has anyone else had this problem, and if so what did you do about it to maintain your protein intake and reduce the fat. What are you eating? I need some input. I already cut my chocolate intake way down, switched to reduced fat mayo (with olive oil, which is good for me), and cut out most of my other condiments (especially ketchup and tartar sauce, both of which I love)
I am not so much concerned with the speed of my weight loss, because I need this time to learn my new habits. What I am concerned about is how much dietary fat I'm consuming. I know it's lower than it was pre-sparkpeople. . .I shudder to think how high it was when I wasn't tracking anything. I have somewhat of a clue from January when I first started, but I'd already been cutting back by the time I got on SP and started tracking.
I guess this is just a rant and and SOS for suggestions. I read the nutrition label on everything I buy, and opt for the lowest fat version. I am not into fake fat (like olestra) and fake sugar (as in artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet) for health reasons, so that is not an alternative I'll even consider. I am also not a vegetarian, and don't want to be one. I already don't eat huge quantities of meat, and rarely eat red meat or pork. It's mostly fish and poultry on my menus. I cannot believe my fat is still running so high!
I know it's a tall order, but there has to be someone else out there who has run up against this problem and found at least some semblance of a solution to it. I hope that person reads this blog, lol :).
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Went to bed with it last night. . .woke up with it this morning. Not a good day, and this one is really making me sick. It's been a long time since I've had one this bad. I am supposed to work today, so this is really not good. I've missed a lot of work already lately, and I need to work because this is my biggest job. I'm asking all the praying sparkers out there to please pray for me today.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
I tried on a skirt I bought earlier this year; it's a size 12 and it met the legal definition of "fitting" when I got it, meaning I could zip it up and still breathe, lol. As of today, it's LOOSE!!!! . . .A+
I've lost 20 pounds, and have 32 more to go. I'm dealing with a boatload of stress and major life issues, and I am not falling into total emotional eating or gaining weight. . .A+
I'm drinking my water, every day. . .A+
I'm not quitting this journey. . .A+
It's going slower than I'd like, and I'm not giving up. . .A+
I'm even starting to exercise more or less regularly. . .A+
I guess I just needed some affirmation today, lol! I can so DO this :))))
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