Sunday, October 05, 2008
I spent the last 3-4 days without my SparkPeople trackers or Internet access... from Wednesday evening to Saturday evening. I was really working without a net and I was scared... really scared. I didn't feel ready to take the training wheels off yet... so life threw me into the deep end... and I survived!
I stayed within my calorie ranges each day and I managed to exercise everyday. I am very proud of myself.
My calorie range is 1810 - 2160... I ate 1975, 2099, 1778 & 1858 on each of the days. I tried very hard to limit snacks to healthy choices or smaller unhealthier ones. It wasn't easy being surrounded by so much stuff... one snack was candy bars! full size candy bars! I still have mine and am planning on apportioning it out over the next day or so.
I managed to exercise everyday too...6 miles run/walk on treadmill & outside, 15 mins exercise bike & 15 mins treadmill, run 20 mins & walked 36 mins & 18 mins walked and some body weight strength stuff.
We went out to eat 2 nights in a row, the first night was to Fitz's in University City, MO ( www.fitzsrootbeer.com ) and it was GREAT. I had the grilled salmon sandwich, which is served on marbled rye and field greens with fries. I ate only one slice of the rye, the field greens and 12 french fries. I also drank their diet root beer... and Fitz's Root Beer is the BEST I have every had. The second night we went to Cheesecake Factory and didn't even have cheesecake! I had an "appetizer", the Vegetable Chopped Salad www.thecheesecakefactory.com/frames.
efactory.com/menu_Display.asp?pg=1 with grilled chicken on it (and dressing on the side, of course) it was GREAT!
Luckily, the food @ the conference itself was mostly good too. I had a beef wrap sandwich and salad the first day. The second day was even better, there was chicken breast in artichoke cream sauce balanced out by platters of cold grilled vegetables and salad. The vegetables were fantastic!!
We also went shopping, the girls wanted to go into Christopher & Banks, a store I'd never been into... and I found lots of stuff I liked and GREAT sale prices. I was torn between a very cute purple short sleeved sweater (size M) and a linen/rayon top (size S!!!!) that both fit... I opted for the sweater because of care concerns for the linen/rayon top (I HATE ironing!). I also got a very nice, soft tank and a pair of earrings and a pin for our receptionist at work. I plan to go back to their stores from time to time.
I had the girls drop me off @ my dad's, so I could spend some time with him. It was good to see him. I also cooked several meals for him... he lives alone and has a hard time seeing and hearing, so he eats tons of prepared foods. I walked to the local Catholic parish that has been doing Fish Fry for over 50 years (it's sooooo good). It was a nice walk on a lovely evening and I allowed myself a small piece of fish and a few french fries along with their incomparable sweet-sour cole slaw.
Saturday I walked to the grocery store to pick up what I needed to make the dinner Pop wanted (meatloaf & mashed potatoes). He felt bad that I had to walk (he doesn't drive anymore and I didn't have a car) and I tried hard to impart to him how OKAY it was that I had to walk... only 1-1.5 miles to get what we needed/wanted.
I need to get over to see him more often. He's 81 and his memory is starting to fail. My brother & sister-i-l check on him quite often and are satisfied that he is okay right now. He just started on Aricept about a month ago... so it's hard to tell if it's helping much. He also had a brain scan about a month ago and it was negative.
I also found out that the Army National Guard here in Missouri is needing nurses and might be willing to waive the age limit of 42. A fellow public health nurse in a neighboring county is going to get more info for me. It could mean a $30K sign-on bonus for a 3 year commitment... and I could serve my country again.
Monday, September 29, 2008
In my job as a public health nurse, I see all kinds and have many interesting interactions with the public. (Imagine that!)
This morning has included lice checks on 2 little girls, placement/reading of TB tests, calling doctor's offices to investigate communicable diseases, a guy walking in just before lunch to report his son being bitten by his neighbor's cat (and he HAD to tell me the WHOLE story, despite my trying to get him to cut to the chase), and then the latest & most wonderful story right after lunch:
A woman, I'm thinking late 30s-ish came in for a blood pressure check. She is trying to get off blood pressure medications. She has lost 49 pounds since the first of the years, she has been tracking her food and exercise on her own. She has manged to get her BP meds cut in half. I was in tears, I was soooooo excited for her! I stood up and clapped... just in case she'd not had a standing ovation yet. She is still in he 270s and has a ways to go... but the fact is that she IS doing it!
I shared my story with her and we hugged. I find her so inspiring and she said the same about me. The joy that I find in those that choose to do/are doing it/are succeeding is incredible to me. She'd not heard of SP, so I gave her information on it.
I also got in a nice 1.5 mile wog at lunch which doesn't hurt at all.
I am on the top of the world looking down on creation and I need to drum up something on my work computer that I can sing along with...
Friday, September 26, 2008
I'm nearly to one month of maintenance... that will be next Thursday, just in time for a trip to a 2-day conference in St. Louis.
I'm taking my co-workers to Fitz's fitzsrootbeer.com/menu.html in University City one of the nights we are there. Then they want to go to the Cheesecake Factory... and their menu is a toughie for finding healthy choices. I'm going to have to wing it with eating since I won't have SP to help me track most likely (the conference is in an expensive hotel that WON'T have free internet). (I don't get why the more expensive the hotel the less free stuff you get with your room.)
I've actually started getting away from using my gram scale so slavishly, allowing myself to guestimate measurements occasionally. I guess in some ways I have the "orthorexia" that has been mentioned lately. It's kind of freeing to be able to do that. Another thing that is changing is my trying to get the high fructose corn syrup out of my diet. I was amazed that my cheap peanut butter (Aldi) doesn't have any! That makes me happy. As time goes on, I'll get pickier about getting it out of my diet.
I tried a new yummy this evening, spurred on by my hubby... he had fat free refried beans and cheese toasted between 2 small corn tortillas... I did the same thing, except that I used the Goerge (Foreman) grill. It was good, but I think it would be better if I cut into pieces and dipped it into salsa. I like the fact that the corn tortillas are nearly fat free and so much lower in calories than flour tortillas.
So far, Maintenanceville has been an interesting challenge, but I'm holding my own. I'm not going to make my 2000 minute exercise goal this month due to a slow start, but I have still managed to make up a pretty good amount of ground and gotten mostly on track towards the end of the month. But 500 minutes of exercise in 4 days... uh no!
At least the hotel will have a fitness room next week. I will certainly be in it every day.
I'm very tired and need to get to bed now!!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
It's funny how helpful taking that one day off from exercise was for me. Just giving myself permission was huge... it helped me relax and get a bit of perspective. While exercise everyday is VERY important to me, it's okay to take a day off too. Taking care of myself is important.
This last week was difficult for getting in enough exercise, it was crazy busy. Seemed like there was something going on every night... and I couldn't drag my butt out in the mornings to exercise either... argh. I did exercise everyday, but not as much as I really wanted. I want to make my monthly goal of 2000 minutes, but it will be tough with the slow exercise week last week.
I'm vowing to make this week better... I intend to get up early to exercise at least twice this week... it will make the rest of my week so much easier. I was also having a heck of a time getting enough sleep last week. I caught up this weekend a great deal despite being very very busy.
This morning I sang "Getting to Know You" at church and it went pretty well. I felt kinda wobbly at first, but nobody listening seemed to hear that in my voice.
Last night we had our Harvest Supper. Friday night I helped bake 7 apple pies and 3 custard pies... then yesterday I helped make the dinner itself... it was GREAT! Omigosh, Beth can cook! We had roasted pork, stuffed zucchini, fresh green beans, and roasted white & sweet potatoes layered with herbs and carmelized onions!! So.Good! I learned to make oil based pie crust... EASY!
What was great that 90% of the ingredients were purchased locally and most were organic. It was also fun helping make the meal happen!
This coming Saturday is our garage sale... hopefully we will make some money from that.
Next week, 3 of us nurses from work get to go to the Missouri Immunization Conference... it will be fun. It's in St. Louis, and I grew up there, so I plan to take the girls to some more interesting places than just the run of the mill mall and chain restaurants.
My birthday is on October 11th... I will be 43. My 42nd year has been GREAT!!
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